Crunchy Quinoa and Apple SaladThanksgiving brings together families, friends, and fabulous food. Promote brain health this holiday by nestling this crunchy quinoa and apple salad between the mashed potatoes and stuffing. Enjoying a second helping of this salad will feel less guilty.

Crunchy Quinoa and Apple Salad

  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 1 cup red grapes, cut in halves
  • ½ cup chopped, unsalted almonds
  • 2 sliced scallions
  • 1 apple, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup torn fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the quinoa, reduce the heat to low and cover tightly. Let the quinoa cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until it is tender and soft.

Remove the quinoa from the heat and fluff it with a fork. Let it sit and cool for five more minutes. Then, in a large bowl, combine the grapes, almonds, scallions, apple, mint and quinoa. In a smaller bowl, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Once thoroughly combined, pour it over the salad and toss to incorporate it. Simple, right?

Cooking up Brain Health

When cooking this holiday, keep in mind brain health for the whole family. Making recipes for brain health and practicing good nutrition are some of the best steps you can take to maintain the health of your brain. Learn more about the importance of nutrition at HealthyBrains.