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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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 (8)

203 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 66
  • 3 star values: 57
  • 2 star values: 28
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: Unrated
11/12/2015
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/25/2015
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!
Rating: 3 stars
04/01/2014
I love all the flavors and textures in this salad. It's so easy to make, and feeds a crowd.
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10/16/2013
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!
Rating: Unrated
04/14/2012
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!!!
Rating: Unrated
10/10/2011
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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07/30/2011
Loved it!
Rating: Unrated
04/28/2011
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.