Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Orange Quinoa Salad

I am always trying to get people to try eating grains. Here is a great salad made with Quinoa. This grain is native to South America. It is one of the few super grains. That means it has loads of protien and complex carbohydrates. You could live on the stuff. It has a delicious nutty flavor.

I DARE you to try this!

Dressing:
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Salad:
1 1/3 cups uncooked quinoa
2 3/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Dressing, combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended.
To prepare salad:
Combine quinoa, 2 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium pot with lid; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature.
Drizzle the quinoa with the olive oil. Fluff the oil in with a fork.
Stir in dressing, onions, and the remaining ingredients.
Cover and chill.

For 6 servings this is only 3 points each...and you get your healthy oil and a grain serving!