Apricot Quinoa Salad

Apricot Quinoa Salad
With Easter coming I have been thinking about menu ideas and one of them involved an apricot theme so I was looking for an appropriate side dish and I was thinking that a Mediterranean style couscous salad would be perfect. I have really been into quinoa lately so I replaced the couscous with quinoa and I added some chopped dried apricots to the quinoa while it cooked so that they would get nice and soft and tender. After that I added a complement of fresh herbs including mint, parsley and green onions along with some slivered almonds. The salad is finished off with a simple 'dressing' based around apricot preserves, lemon juice and ginger. This apricot quinoa salad is amazingly light, fresh and tasty and the mint really brings it home; it's a fabulous side for any meal!

Apricot Quinoa Salad

Apricot Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 4

A light and tasty apricot quinoa salad packed with fresh herbs.


ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint, chopped or julienned
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
directions
  1. Bring the water, quinoa and dried apricots to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed the water, about 15 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
  2. Mix the quinoa, almonds, green onions and mint and toss with the mixture of the apricot preserves, oil, lemon juice, ginger, salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 314, Fat 12g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 0, Sodium 16mg, Carbs 45g (Fiber 5g, Sugars 11g), Protein 8g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

6 comments:

We Are Not Martha said...

I'm a big fan of quinoa salads and this one looks super unique and flavorful!

Sues

Kelly said...

I love apricots! This looks delicious!

Liz said...

Thank you for the nice recipe.

Erin Gribben said...

Kevin - This quinoa salad looks amazing. I love the use of the apricots in here to add some sweetness to the dish. :)

Joanne said...

I love the idea of an apricot themed Easter menu! It's such a great spring flavor. this salad looks like the perfect side!

Kate @ Babaganosh.org said...

Loving all the apricot recipes! This is a great idea to add some sweetness to quinoa.

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