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Pear-Quinoa Salad

November/December 2011

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Quinoa is a quick-cooking whole grain with a slightly nutty flavor—a perfect partner for pears and walnuts in this fresh-tasting salad recipe. The flavor is best when the salad is at room temperature or cold. Refrigerate the salad for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Pear-Quinoa Salad Recipe

Makes: 6 servings, about 3/4 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa (see Tips), rinsed if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon fruity vinegar, such as pear, raspberry or pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 ripe but firm pears, diced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted (see Tips)

Preparation

  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in quinoa, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa has popped, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, chives, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add pears and toss to coat.
  3. Drain any excess liquid from the cooked quinoa, if necessary. Add the quinoa to the pear mixture; toss to combine. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes or serve warm. Serve topped with nuts.

Tips & Notes

  • Tips: Although quinoa—a grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas’ diet—was once only available in natural-foods stores, it’s now readily available at most large supermarkets and even warehouse stores. Rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa’s natural, bitter protective covering. Most quinoa is sold already rinsed. Check the label to see if you need to rinse before using.
  • To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving: 246 calories; 13 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 4 g fiber; 253 mg sodium; 332 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (20% daily value), Folate (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 fat



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