P&Q: quinoa, fruit and nut salad

It’s almost April, which means it is almost spring! I can think of nothing better to start with than a salad.

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8 Responses to “P&Q: quinoa, fruit and nut salad”

  1. Newfinmysoup March 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM #

    FYI: In its natural state, quinoa seeds have a coating of bitter-tasting soapy saponins to protect against birds and other predators. Most quinoa sold commercially in North America has been processed to remove this coating, but it is still a good idea to thoroughly rinse the seeds to remove any remaining saponin residue before cooking. Place quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer, and run cold water over it while gently rubbing the seeds together with your hands.

    In South America, the saponin removed from the quinoa is used as detergent for washing clothes and as an antiseptic to promote healing of skin injuries!

    • LaJuana March 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM #

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

  2. cupcakemuffin March 29, 2011 at 7:18 PM #

    I just made this dish and loved it! I used twice as much lemon juice as called for and fresh ginger instead of ground, and found it to be really well seasoned. I wasn’t sure about dressing the lettuce with only salt and pepper, but it worked really well! Next time I would use cranberries in addition to raisins though – overall the dried fruit was a tad sweet and I think something tart in there would have been great.

    Another winner! :)

    • creolekid March 31, 2011 at 10:37 PM #

      I made this tonight, and enjoyed it. I had read your comment about the cranberries, so I used them, but with not very many raisins and it was a bit on the tart side! not to worry though, I added a splash or six of champagne vinegar and a wee bit of sugar, and everything balanced out nicely. Afterwards took a long walk and am feeling very healthy tonight.

  3. Newfinmysoup March 29, 2011 at 10:46 PM #

    We had this for dinner tonight, adapted slightly, and it was wonderful. I really enjoyed the texture and flavors of the quinoa, and can envision it as a savory side, as we did tonight, and as a healthy breakfast, with fruits and yogurt. For some reason, lamb called out to me, so we went with “Red Royal Organic Quinoa”, lamb, Harissa sauce, and the quinoa with Dorie’s dressing (minus ginger), asparagus, shallots, orange supremes, toasted almonds, parsley and mint. Although I had quinoa from one end of the kitchen to the other, it was truly a gourmet dinner.

  4. Katya March 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM #

    Made this last night, haven’t eaten it yet, but as my boyfriend loves dried fruit, I figured it would go well. I used currants, medjool dates, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, and almonds, and for the herb I cut up celery leaves and used some celery chunks in the mix as well.

  5. Darnold23 March 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM #

    This contains some of my very favorite things. Anxious to give it a try.

  6. InsomniMom-Shelley March 31, 2011 at 5:58 AM #

    Went to four groceries – quinoa not to be found! Substituting couscous instead and using toasted walnuts and almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins and apricots.

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