Avocado Quinoa Salad Minus the Lettuce

By Bianca Tamburello, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

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Before the Thanksgiving holiday, we made SC Avocado Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit, Toasted Almonds and Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette.

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Although it’s called a salad, this recipe calls for a quinoa base and disregards lettuce. The creaminess of the avocado, crunch of the sliced almonds and softness of the dried fruit offers contrasting textures to this diverse entrée or side dish. While the touch of citrus from the lemon-cumin vinaigrette brings a bit of sunshine to the warm fall salad.

5 Reasons you should try this recipe.

It has a touch of

  1. Sweetness
  2. Is crunchy
  3. Refreshing yet
  4. Warm
  5. And of course delicious!

Sargent Choice Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Dried Fruit, Toasted Almonds, And Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

1 Serving (~1..5 cups)
Calories 240
Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates 23 g
Fiber 6

Yields 8 servings

3 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons dried apricots, thinly sliced
1 cup red or white quinoa, rinsed well
½ teaspoon salt
1 large lemon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
2 medium firm-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and cut into ½-inch chunks
3 medium scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted almonds
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


1.  In a medium bowl, soak the raisins and apricots in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2.  In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 2 cups water, the quinoa, and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat.  Cover, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is translucent and tender, 10 to 15 minutes.  Immediately fluff the quinoa with a fork and turn it out onto a baking sheet to cool to room temperature.

3. Finely grate the zest from the lemon and then squeeze 1 tablespoon juice. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon zest and juice with the olive oil, coriander, cumin, paprika, and ¼ teaspoon salt.

4.  In a large bowl, toss the vinaigrette with the quinoa, raisins, apricots, avocado, scallions, and almonds.


Adapted from Cookinglight.com


One Comment

Jan posted on March 6, 2013 at 2:46 am

Looks simple… will definitely try. Thanks for sharing…

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