Ready in 1 hour
good for vegetarians
"Just made this for the second time, using fresh apricots instead dried (no one was eating them, and I didn't want them to go bad). They made it more tart than the original, but still excellent. (And I feel so doggone healthy!)"- BlueJayPie
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Moroccan Lemon Dressing
Whisk 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tbsp plain yogurt, 1 1/2 tsp honey, 1/4 tsp each: cumin, cinnamon and ground ginger into a bowl.
Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil till smooth and emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.
1. Toast quinoa in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often until in becomes aromatic and begins to crackle (about 5 min). Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly.
2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until golden (about 1 min).
3. Add apricots and the quinoa: continue cooking, stirring often until the quinoa has dried out and turned light golden (3-4 min).
4. Add water and salt, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer uncovered, until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed (15-18 min).
5. Meanwhile, make Moroccan- spiced dressing.
6. Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl and toss with 1/3 cup of dressing. Let cool for about 10 min.
7. Just before serving, add tomatoes and onion to the quinoa, toss to coat.
8. Toss spinach with the remaining 1/3 cup dressing in a large bowl. Divide the spinach among 4 equal parts.
9. Mound the quinoa salad on the spinach and sprinkle with almonds.
It's good to make extra dressing to add if anyone wants it.
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BlueJayPie 5 months agoI made this for a 'thank you' luncheon for a good friend. A lot of the prep was stuff I could do ahead of time (making the dressing, chopping veggies, etc.). Great recipe!
BlueJayPie 5 months agoJust made this for the second time, using fresh apricots instead dried (no one was eating them, and I didn't want them to go bad). They made it more tart than the original, but still excellent. (And I feel so doggone healthy!)
Jaguarandcubs 1 year agoI added some currants and chopped raisins to the salad - beautiful! I also used a different dressing that I made myself - orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, brown sugar, olive oil and cayenne pepper.