Quinoa, Orange and Almond Salad

Quinoa, Orange and Almond SaladQuinoa is ideal for vegetarians, vegans or anyone who simply wants to eat less meat and meat products. Adding chickpeas, almonds, greens and oranges, provide not only color, flavor and texture, these “super foods” supply nutrients to support a “Healthy Brain.”

Recipe adapted from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/05/recipe-quinoa-orange-and-pistachio-salad/

Ingredients:

2 15 oz cans mandarin oranges, in its own juice, all but ¼ cup juice drained and discarded

1 cup quinoa

¼ cup fresh mint, loosely chopped

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

15 oz canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained thoroughly

1/3 cup chopped almonds

¼ cup dried cranberries

1 tsp minced garlic (about 1 clove)

4 cups kale or greens, chopped

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

¼ tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup quinoa, cover, and let simmer over low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Add the mandarin oranges, mint, chickpeas, nuts, dried cranberries, and greens.
  3. In a separate dish, combine the vinegar, garlic, pepper, olive oil and the reserved ¼ cup juice from the mandarin oranges. Pour dressing over the quinoa mixture. Toss lightly. Serve chilled.

Nutrition information:

Makes 6 servings

Each serving contains about 1.5 cups

Calories 310

Total fat 11g

Saturated fat 1g

Trans fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 140mg

Total carbohydrate 46g

Fiber 4g

Sugars 7g

Protein 11g