Farmers Market Quinoa Salad With Citrus Dressing

Written by Eydie Desser

If you have a farmers market or specialty market in your area, it’s so much fun to try unique varieties of fruits and lettuces that grocery stores don’t usually carry. This salad was inspired by this notion. But not to worry, grocery varieties work just fine!

Ingredients

For The Salad:

  • 1 cup cooked tri-color quinoa (follow the directions on the package)
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ¼-inch diced honeydew melon 
  • 3 Robada apricots, or other apricots, seeds removed and cut in ¼-inch dice  (about 1 cup)
  • ¾ cup finely diced red onion
  • 5-cups farmer’s market lettuce mix, or other mix from your local market
  • ½-cup diced tomato
  • ⅓-cup pistachios, roasted at 350° for 3 minutes or until lightly toasted


For The Dressing:

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced (about ½ tsp)
  • 1 TB finely chopped mint
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 TB Tahini
  • 1 tsp. Tamari, 50% less sodium, or a tiny bit more to taste

Instructions

Make The Salad:

1- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the salad and mix thoroughly.

Make The Dressing:

1- Add all of the dressing ingredients to a large measuring cup and whisk thoroughly to create a smooth sauce.

2- Start with ¼ cup of dressing, and pour onto the salad, mixing with two spoons to dress each ingredient. Add more as needed.

Nutrition Per Serving:  410 calories, 10g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate, 14g fiber, 13g total sugar, 0g added sugar, 18g protein

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