Quinoa-Almond Salad

Quinoa-Almond Salad

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. 6 servings

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cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
cups water
teaspoon salt
cup coarsely shredded carrot (about 1 small)
cup sliced almonds, toasted*
cup dried cherries or cranberries
Balsamic Vinaigrette
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2
tablespoons canola or soybean oil
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
  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.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Live Better America® Kitchens
*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.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 190
    • (Calories from Fat 60),
  • Total Fat 7g
    • (Saturated Fat 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 410mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 26g
    • (Dietary Fiber 3g,
    • Sugars 8g),
  • Protein 5g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 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.