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Quinoa-Almond Salad

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Adding toasted nuts to grains such as quinoa really brings out the flavor. Quinoa is higher in unsaturated (good) fats and protein and lower in carbohydrates than most grains so there are many reasons to include it in a healthy diet.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2
cups water
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup coarsely shredded carrot (about 1 small)
1/4
cup sliced almonds, toasted*
1/4
cup dried cherries or cranberries

Balsamic Vinaigrette

2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2
tablespoons canola or soybean oil
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2
teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper

Directions

  • 1 Heat quinoa, water and salt to boiling in 2-quart saucepan, stirring once or twice; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until tender.
  • 2 Remove saucepan from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff quinoa with fork; cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make Balsamic Vinaigrette.
  • 3 Mix vinaigrette, quinoa and remaining ingredients in large bowl. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take:

  • Calories 190
  • Fat 7g
  • Saturated Fat 1/2g
  • Sodium 410mg

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
410mg
410%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

*To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350° oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

“The addition of almonds and other nuts to my diet helps lower cholesterol, and this colorful salad is a great way to add them.” Wanda S.

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/08/2011. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
410mg
410%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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