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Quinoa-Almond Salad

Betty Crocker's Heart Healthy Cookbook shares a recipe! Enjoy this nutty quinoa-almond salad recipe that’s ready in less than an hour – perfect for a side dish.

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Quinoa-Almond Salad

1
cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2
cups water
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup coarsely shredded carrot (about 1 small)
1/4
cup sliced almonds, toasted*
1/4
cup dried cherries or cranberries

Balsamic Vinaigrette

2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2
tablespoons canola or soybean oil
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2
teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 Heat quinoa, water and salt to boiling in 2-quart saucepan, stirring once or twice; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until tender.
  • 2 Remove saucepan from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff quinoa with fork; cool 15 minutes.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat all vinaigrette ingredients with whisk.
  • 4 Mix vinaigrette, quinoa and remaining salad ingredients in large bowl. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350° oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

“The addition of almonds and other nuts to my diet helps lower cholesterol, and this colorful salad is a great way to add them.” Wanda S.

Adding toasted nuts to grains, such as quinoa, really brings out the flavor. Quinoa is higher in unsaturated (good) fats and lower in carbohydrates than most grains and is considered a complete protein, so there are many reasons to include it in a heart-healthy diet.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
400mg
400%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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