FFwD: quinoa, fruit and nut salad

So this week’s recipe ended up being not so pretty to look at, but is definitely good enough to eat. I was excited to make this recipe – we LOVE quinoa at our house! You can find our favorite quinoa recipe here – it’s actually on the menu at our house this week.

This was a fairly simple salad, I used raisins and walnuts in ours. I would have liked to have tried some other fruits and nuts, but a trip to the grocery store was not in the cards yesterday. I had a fairly full day which included driving one hour to the North End of the Island to get soccer cleats for my son and then another hour home – when I got home my husband looked at the cleats and quickly informed me they were for baseball, not soccer. I had absolutely no clue that there were different cleats for different sports!

If I had only skipped the trip up North and spent some time at the grocery store I think the dish could have been much improved! I am looking forward to trying it again with some dried cranberries and blueberries. I also thought a little feta cheese might be nice?

*What is French Fridays with Dorie? An online cooking group dedicated to working our way through Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Around My French Table. We try a new recipe each week and post about it on Fridays. If you’re interested you can pick up a copy of the book and follow along with us here.


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15 Comments

  1. I like your idea of adding dried blueberries. Nice twist!

  2. Yes, the blueberries do sound great! Thanks to the link to your recipe. I’m all about quinoa right now. lovely!

  3. While I was making it I kept thinking about feta cheese too… This is the transformer of all salads!

  4. Very nice! This definitely is a free-form kind of dish. I am sure the blueberries would be wonderful. I know that cranberries were awfully nice.
    And isn’t it amazing how sneakers are not just sneakers? I went through that when I had to first buy racing flats w/ spikes for my girl. You’ll figure it out!

  5. Feta cheese sounds interesting. Cheese makes everything better :)

  6. Where has quinoa been all my life. OK – not quite like I just found chocolate, but I did like this one. Nana was a bit more hesitant but is always game. Since we have a boatload of our Costco bag left I imagine we will be trying variations on this one in the future. I am really happy with how healthy it is and how easily it can make a big bowl of “brown bag lunches” for my work week. Always need new ideas there…..

  7. Feta would be perfect in this salad! I just bought dried blueberries earlier this week. If I hadn’t used them all up, some of them would have made it into my salad as well. Next time!

  8. Thank you so much for linking to another quinoa recipe.

  9. A salty bite of feta cheese would definitely pop out in this already awesome salad. I also use quinoa in chili!

  10. Feta cheese would take this dish in a totally different direction. I think that’s what I like about this seed is its versatility! I checked out the link to you other recipe and am intrigued that you made chili with it! Wow, that one I am going to have to try.

  11. Feta would be great with this! I had no idea there were different kinds of cleats for different sports. Hmpf!

  12. I love reading through all the French Friday comments – it’s so fun to see what everyone else does with the recipe. And I am so glad that I am not alone in my sport cleat ignorance!!!

  13. I agree, quinoa by itself is pretty drab looking – still delicious, but hardly photogenic. Blueberries and feta would be great additions. I lucked out as I had some dried apricots left over from making granola and the orange splash of color was just the right touch.

  14. I agree, quinoa by itself is pretty drab looking – still delicious, but hardly photogenic. Blueberries and feta would be great additions. I lucked out as I had some dried apricots left over from making granola and the orange splash of color was just the right touch.
    As for cleats, I think I might recognize the soccer ones as I grew up in Europe, but had no clue that baseball shoes had cleats, too!

  15. I used dried cranberries and blueberries and it was really good. I think this recipe is a perfect base to add whatever you have on hand. It’s great for packed lunches, too.

    I think I would have made the same mistake as you with the cleats – no idea that there are different ones for different sports.

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