Quinoa-Apple Salad

"Here's a great healthy grain salad!"
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  • Pour the quinoa into a fine strainer and rinse it well under cold water.
  • In a 2 quart saucepan combine the quinoa and 2 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low and cover, simmering for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a wide shallow bowl combine vinegar, apple juice concentrate, allspice, pepper and garlic.
  • Add the quinoa and stir occasionally until cooled, around 10 minutes.
  • Core the apple and chop it into 1/4 inch cubes.
  • Mix the apple, carrot, onion and mint with the quinoa mixture.
  • Line a serving platter with the lettuce and mount the quinoa salad on top.

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  1. This was quite tasty -- I enjoyed it. Fresh and summery. When I make this again the only thing I'll do differently will be to reduce the vinegar (I found it a bit too tangy for my taste). Thanks for a good quinoa recipe!
  2. I really liked all of the ingredients that went into this dish but the apple cider vinegar was too over powering. I would have halved the amount that is recommended. I would have added more of the all spice and perhaps some ginger. I will definitely make this again with these changes. It was very quick, easy and light....great for summer!
  3. This was very good ~ I was a bit skeptical at first, but the flavors are excellent. I used red quinoa, and had to use regular apple juice as I had no concentrate. I did add a bit of salt as suggested. I definitely like this well chilled. Thanks DiB's for a great new quinoa recipe. Made for ZAAR COOKBOOK TAG, February 2010!
  4. I have enjoyed this thoroughly. I too reduced the vinegar and it was quite tangy enough- although it did tone down in the refrigerator ater a bit- this "rest" also helped mellow the garlic. I had some jicama that needed to be used, so I slivered it and tossed it in and it was another sweet/crispy addition. Don't forget to add a sprinkle of salt- it really made all the flavors pop. Delicious.
  5. I liked this salad. Unusual flavor combination and very nutritous and healthy. I would make it again but with slightly reduced vinegar.



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