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

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

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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