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Quinoa-and-Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

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As a side dish for supper or a main course for lunch, this salad gets its fresh taste and pretty color from curry powder and mint.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Carl Carter

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2004

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

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  • SophieL41448
    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.
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  • Vineca Gray
    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!
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  • kvnsgrl
    1 APR, 2014
    I love all the flavors and textures in this salad. It's so easy to make, and feeds a crowd.
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  • MS10222577
    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!
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  • 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!!!
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  • 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
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  • Puce08
    30 JUL, 2011
    Loved it!
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  • 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.
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  • stephaniemcmahon
    21 MAR, 2011
    Great with Bobotie (a ground lamb casserole). Martha has the recipe.
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  • 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.
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