Saturday, July 28, 2012

Quinoa Walnut Salad

Mel Larson does it again.  Mel is the writer of The Larson Lingo, my favorite blog!  Her Summer Salad Swap is back and I decided to post this salad that I made a few years ago.  I think quinoa is still being discovered out there but it it bound for stardom with its health benefits and delicious taste!

Quinoa Walnut Salad

1 cup quinoa

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup frozen green beans, defrosted

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup green onions, sliced

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and continue cooking until all water is absorbed.

In a medium bowl, combine cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, green beans, walnuts, and green onions until well mixed. In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic until well blended. Pour over the quinoa mixture. Toss until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving

Linking up with Mel HERE


mel @ the larson lingo said...

I love quinoa! Yum! I can't wait to try this combo with cranberries, nuts & green beans! Thanks or linking up Holly!

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