Celebrity Recipe: Bari Koral’s Red Quinoa Salad

red quinoa green salad

Red quinoa and strawberries are a match made in heaven in this savory sweet salad from children’s musician Bari Koral. “This is a light and refreshing salad which, once the quinoa is prepared, takes very little time to make,” says Bari. “The crunch of granola also adds a lot of flavor and texture to the dish.”  This salad makes for a great simple summer supper, and also works great as left overs.

Red Quinoa Salad

1 cup cooked Red Quinoa (directions below)
2-3 cups fresh spinach, mesclun, or arugula
2-4 tbsp. dry roasted nuts such as almonds, pecans or walnuts (to dry roast, roast nuts in a pan for 3-5 minutes till fragrant)
small amount of cheese such as feta or cheddar
dried cranberries
dried currants

OPTIONAL:
avocado, tomato, apples, strawberries

scallions, and fresh herbs such as basil, parsley or cilantro

For dressing:
1-2 tbsp. good quality balsamic
1 -2 tbsp. good quality olive oil

DIRECTIONS:
Mix salad together and season with a little more sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Don’t overdress the salad. Top salad with 3 tbsp. good quality crunchy granola.

*To prepare quinoa:

Put 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water in sauce pan with 1 good size pitch of sea salt. Bring to boil and then simmer for 15-18 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

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