Zesty Orange Quinoa Salad

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The word "quinoa" is one of those words like "hors d'oeuvres." It took the longest time for me to put together the word I heard spoken all of the time with the word written on the page. The first time someone pointed out that "hors d'oeuvres" was spelled like it was, my whole world became crystal clear. It was like my days were brighter, my jeans fit better, and all of my acne disappeared into taught moisturized skin. I was all like, "Shut UP. That's how you spell ordurve?!" It was mysterious and wonderful.It's the same with "quinoa." When I finally realized that this written word and the one I heard all of the time from my hipster friends were the same thing, it was a total palm to the forehead kind of moment in the middle of Trader Joe's. And now I love the stuff. And I love this recipe that the sweet Sara France sent my way. Not only is this salad incredibly fresh and bright, it's probably the healthiest dish I've ever featured on Recipe Sunday.recipe for quinoa, quinoa recipe, quinoa salad recipe, quinoa salad with orange vinaigrette, healthy quinoa salad recipe, healthy recipe, easy quinoa recipe, easy recipe, easy lunch recipeThe main ingredients for this delightful dish are celery, scallions, dried cranberries, walnuts, and quinoa. You also need water or vegetable broth, but that doesn't look as cool in the picture, so I left it out.
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recipe for quinoa, quinoa recipe, quinoa salad recipe, quinoa salad with orange vinaigrette, healthy quinoa salad recipe, healthy recipe, easy quinoa recipe, easy recipe, easy lunch recipeStart boiling your water/vegetable broth to cook the quinoa, then dice up your walnuts and greens into small bite-sized pieces.
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recipe for quinoa, quinoa recipe, quinoa salad recipe, quinoa salad with orange vinaigrette, healthy quinoa salad recipe, healthy recipe, easy quinoa recipe, easy recipe, easy lunch recipeZesty Orange Quinoa Salad
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cup Vegetable Broth or Water
  • ½ cup Dried Cranberries
  • ½ cup Walnut Halves (toasted and chopped)
  • ½ cup Celery (small dices)
  • 1/8 cup Scallion (small dices)
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
Orange Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup Orange Juice
  • ¼ tsp Shallot (minced)
  • Zest from ½ Orange
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste

1. Bring the vegetable broth (or water) and a dash of salt to a boil.  Stir in the quinoa and bring it back up to boil then reduce to simmer.  Cover and let it cook until all the broth is absorbed (about 15 minutes.)  When done, the grain appears soft and translucent, and the germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the grain.  Uncover and set aside to cool down.

2. Combine minced shallots, orange zest, orange juice and salt, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Combine the quinoa with the rest of the salad ingredients and slowly add in about only half of the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper to taste.  You may use less or more vinaigrette depends on your preference.  The left over vinaigrette may be used up to 1 week.

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