Monday, September 15, 2014

Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Rice Vinaigrette

Autumn is only one week away and so it is time to think about ingredients that showcase the bounty that is ready to harvest. Our apples are ready to pick and so I'm happy to make recipes that include apples. My friend Jen made this salad last fall for us at a camping weekend. This delicious healthy salad can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cups rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (adjust to your preference)
  1. Place quinoa in a fine sieve. Rinse and drain. 
  2. In a medium saucepan add the quinoa to 1 1/2 cups boiling water, cover simmer about 12 - 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
  3. Place the dried cranberries/raisins on top of the hot quinoa to plump them up. Put the lid back on allow to come to room temperature.
  4. Add the chopped apple, the nuts and green onions and feta cheese.
  5. Mix the curry vinaigrette, toss with salad and refrigerate.


  1. looks good - definitely going to put on my "to make" list

  2. Love Quinoa thanks for another recipe to try sounds delicious!

  3. that does look really goodhave a question ?? about using the kitchen aid. when making dough( ,,,perogies do you use the hook,,and how long do you need to progress the whole thing,,what speed, and all,, thanks

    1. and do you knead it

    2. thanks for getting back too me\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\?guess u are too busy:: but that is the way the it is ,,too

    3. Anonymous, Sorry for the delay about responding to the question regarding to kneading dough for the perogy dough. That dough does not need to be kneaded like a bread dough certainly not as long. Use a dough hook on low speed to bring the dry and wet ingredients together. Then you can increase the speed to medium until the dough is smooth and elastic which only takes a minute or two. I hope that answers your question.

    4. thanks Charlotte,for the information,am a first time user of the kitchen aid..which was given to me ,but without the book that comes with it... will try it now,,and not be to scared of it ha ha..

  4. What a pretty salad! I love Quinoa salads and this one looks like a really good one.

  5. I'll have to try this as I have quinoa but have not tried it yet. Thank you.