I love cold salads. It doesn’t matter if it’s couscous, quinoa, pasta, millet, mixed grains, only veggies.. I could eat only salads for the rest of my life. I love the freshness of cold salads, I love the fact that you can everything you want in them, play with spices, add fruits.. there is endless possibilities.
I made this one yesterday and both my husband and I loved it a lot. My son who usually eats everything didn’t liked it because the citrus taste was too intense for him I guess, hehe. But as an adult, it was just perfect (but hey, I loooooove oranges!). you can change the quantities if you are not a big fan like me. I found this awesome idea on the website of a Canadian magazine that I like a lot, ”Fresh Juice” . I changed quantities and added some ingredients. But like with any kind of salads, you can do whatever you want to do ! Let go your food creativity.
I’m super excited, next tuesday I will start my 7th week of working out/eating less. When I look at myself in the mirror it’s super obvious that I’m loosing weight. Yay! Last time I weight myself I had 10 pounds lost. It’s better than nothing for only 30 days, hehe. But I’m not stopping now, in fact I will just not stop at all, I feel way too great working out. 🙂
*3/4 cup uncooked quinoa (organic)
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 4 green onions, chopped
* 16 large dried apricots, chopped (around 1/2 cup)
* 1/3 cup dried cranberries
* 6 large strawberries, diced (around 1/2 cup)
* Zest of one large orange
* Juice of 1/2 large orange (around 3 tablespoons)
(you can eat the rest of the orange, or add it in your salad, hehe)
* 2 tablespoons lemon juice
* Fresh grated ginger (to taste)
* Salt and pepper (to taste)
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* Rinse the quinoa if it’s not pre-rinsed. In a saucepan, combine quinoa with 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked (translucent and soft with all the water absorbed)
* Remove from the heat and let cool few minutes.
* In a bowl combine the apricots, cranberries, salt, pepper, green onions and strawberries. Add the quinoa and mix. Set aside in the refrigerator for at least an hour so the salad is cold.
* In another bowl, combine the zest and juice of the orange, the lemon juice and the ginger. In a thin stream, slowly whisk in the oil. (My husband helped me with that)
* Once the vinaigrette is done, pour it in the salad. Combine well. I waited before eating it at least 2-3 hours, to give the vinaigrette the chance to have strong flavors. I mean that way the quinoa was really tasting the vinaigrette. You can wait longer than me too.
* Serve and Enjoy