Tart Dried Cherry Quinoa Salad w/ Walnuts, Parsley and Olive Oil


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I love this dish! It was a perfect side dish for lunch with my Market Squash Soup (recipe on the blog). Delish! Easy, healthy and totally gourmet. You can mix in different dried fruits and nuts to suit your taste. Enjoy!


2 c. cooked, cooled quinoa (quinoa is a great source of protein and it’s gluten free, a major staple in the Cosmo Hippie Chef kitchen)
1/2 c. tart dried cherries, chopped (I got mine at the Farmers Market, but you can find them in the bulk section at the grocery store)
1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
2 T. olive oil
salt and pepper


1. Cook quinoa according to the directions (Simple: Boil 2 c. water and a pinch of salt, when boiling add 1 c. quinoa, rinsed, to the boiling water. Bring to boil and then turn heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.) Let cook completely.
2. Scoop cooled quinoa in a large mixing bowl, add all the rest of the ingredients- tart dried cherries, parsley, walnuts, olive oil and salt and pepper (salt and pepper to taste). Mix all together. Taste to check salt and pepper.
3. Let chill in the fridge for a least one hour for flavors to mell together. Serve as a side dish, snack or for lunch.

-A drizzle of Sesame Oil just before you eat puts this dish over the top. (Thanks Brenna for the idea)

Quinoa- Tabbouleh Style, It’s What’s For Lunch


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I wanted something light and fresh for lunch this last week and I’ve been on a Quinoa kick so VIOLA! this is what I came up with- Quinoa Tabbouleh! Enjoy!

-Quinoa Tabbouleh Style-

2 c. cooked Quinoa
1 cucumber- peeled, seeded and diced
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 c. parsley leaves
1/4 c. chopped mint
1/2 c. Cerignola olives, chopped (I get these at Tony Caputo’s, you could use your favorite olive)
2 lemons, both juiced and 1 zested
2 T. olive oil
1/2- 3/4 c. chopped dehydrated tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes
salt and pepper

1. In a large bowl combine quinoa, cucumber, scallions, parsley, mint, olives and tomatoes. Toss lightly to combine.
2. In a separate bowl combine lemon juice and zest with olive oil and salt and pepper.
3. Pour the lemon and olive oil mixture over the quinoa and toss together lightly to combine. Taste for salt and pepper, add more if needed.
4. Refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors combine.