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Quinoa Salad with Apple, Pomegranate and Almond

While travelling for work, one of the great struggle is eating good, healthy and hearty meals. It is usually a toss up between frozen dinners and crappy takeout. I usually go for the forzen dinners (of the organic variety), makes me feel better about what I am eating; except for last week - I went on a binge fest that include eitenmenn's deviled cake for lunch one day and several unhealthy choices. While home over the weekend, I wanted to remedy that not so smart move with some smart choices, I also wanted it to be quick and easy - that is where this quinoa salad recipe from Stephanie at I am a food blog came in handy - I bookmarked the recipe a few month ago and there was no better time to reach for it. Stephanie's recipe called for apple, cranberries and hazelnut. I went with apple, pomegranate and almond instead - it was so good.  You can find Stephanie's recipe here.

Quinoa Salad with Apple, Pomegranate and Almond

What you need.

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 apple of choice, cured and diced
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 toasted shave almonds
  • seed from half a pomegranate
  • juice from half a lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh herbs, for garnish

Heat skillet over medium low heat, add oil and celery. Cook until celery is tender, without browning. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, celery, toasted shaved almond, apple and pomegranate. Squeeze lemon juice on, drizzle with a touch of oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

Let it rest for 30 minutes to allow flavours to meld. Serve, garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy.

Quinoa Salad with Apple, Pomegranate and Almond