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Quinoa-and-Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

Per serving: 304 calories, 14 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 38 g carbs, 154 mg sodium, 8 g protein, 5 g fiber

  • Servings: 4
Quinoa-and-Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

Photography: Carl Carter

Source: Annual Recipes 2005


  • 1/4 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 small McIntosh apple, cut into 1/8-inch-thick wedges
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread almonds on a rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop nuts.

  2. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine sieve; drain. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa; return to a boil. Stir quinoa; cover, and reduce heat. Simmer until quinoa is tender but still chewy, about 15 minutes. Fluff quinoa with a fork; let cool.

  3. Whisk together honey, shallot, curry powder, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Season with pepper. Whisking constantly, pour in oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until dressing is emulsified. Add quinoa, currants, apple, mint, and nuts; toss well. Garnish with mint.

Reviews (18)

  • laffertyso 12 Nov, 2015

    Great healthy recipe but it came out a little bland; next time I will increase the curry powder, salt and pepper a bit. I cooked the currants with the quinoa to plump up the dried fruit and toasted the almonds on the stove instead of the oven. I also diced the apple instead of slices. All in all, an easy and versatile salad.

  • vineca 25 Jan, 2015

    Great flavours - I used dried cranberries and walnuts rather than almonds and currants because I had them on hand. I did not add the apples to the dish right away - I will wait until I portion it out (this is for my lunches at work this week). Great!

  • kvnsgrl 1 Apr, 2014

    I love all the flavors and textures in this salad. It's so easy to make, and feeds a crowd.

  • meredith lufkin 16 Oct, 2013

    This is a fantastic base recipe, but it's so flexible! I roasted a small, cubed butternut squash with salt, pepper and a little curry powder and tossed it in with the quinoa, and then ate it for lunch in the office over a big bowl of baby spinach greens. Delicious! I made a little extra dressing so the greens would have some moisture. Yum!

  • cdmcmahon 14 Apr, 2012

    1 cup of cooked Quinoa actually has 8 grams of protein compared to 1 cup of cooked chicken which has 43 grams. Quinoa has a fair amount of protein for a grain...Also this salad is wonderful!!!

  • shaunnahood 10 Oct, 2011

    Quinoa has 14g of protein in one cup
    Chicken has 20 g of protein in one cup
    No need to add chicken to get your protein

  • Puce08 30 Jul, 2011

    Loved it!

  • smbrahler 28 Apr, 2011

    I love this recipe! It's delicious and flavorful. Fairly easy to make. I also added some garlic chicken to it for some extra protein, but also tastes good without it.

  • stephaniemcmahon 21 Mar, 2011

    Great with Bobotie (a ground lamb casserole). Martha has the recipe.

  • liz_alchemist 14 Mar, 2011

    I liked the potential of this dish, but it came out a little dry for me. I added more honey, but maybe next time I'll just reduce the quinoa like justjohanna.

  • NorthWestGirl 29 Oct, 2010

    This is a great salad! I added a little spoonful of plain yogurt on top...delicious!

  • joanbryant7 26 Aug, 2010

    This is an amazing salad.......I used dried cranberries

  • justjohanna 16 Oct, 2009

    This is so delicious. I used about 3/4 of the batch of quinoa and left out the mint, as I am not a fan. I also used a Fuji apple, as that is all I had. This is really worth making and a fantastic salad to add to my list of recipes. Thank you

  • adeleyfrenchie 2 Oct, 2009

    I just LOVE the texture of quinoa- deliicious

  • ehguy11 26 Sep, 2008

    Excellent flavor and easy to prepare. The presentation is nice too...pretty color! Great flavor combinations of sweet honey, apple and currant, spicy curry, and mint! Makes a great first course, side dish, or to bring to work for lunch!

  • borlak 17 May, 2008

    This is another one of my favourites. Quinoa is fantastic! The combo of sweet and spicy in this dish is absolutely scrumptious!

  • jillsmom 2 Feb, 2008

    This is a superb recipe. Only draw back it is hard (at least in Calabash) to find Quinoa. A friend had some she bought in MD. It is so tasty!

  • margiepargie 25 Jan, 2008

    Would be nice for diabetics if the sugar grams were included.

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