April can be a wondrous time of year with flowers blooming, grass turning green and everything coming alive. Hmm, this year everything is taking its dear sweet time. That is probably because Mother Nature has been in a grumpy mood and has blanketed us with winter up until the last week.
This time of year vegetables are not in season and can get quite expensive. It can be a bit difficult, as well as costly to be able to have a great salad for lunch. The combination of crunchy nuts and vegetables along with the sweet tangy flavour of the dressing brings this salad alive.
There are flavours for everyone! I have brought this salad to gathering and everyone loved it!!
This is a deliciously, hearty salad that is great as a side or a meal.
Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Maple Citrus Dressing (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan Option)
1/2 c. red quinoa**- uncooked
1 medium carrot- peeled and shredded
2 c. mixed chopped vegetables (I have used broccoli, cucumber, peppers)
2 green onions/scallions- chopped (or diced red onion)
2/3 c. raw cashews (desired nuts or omit if nut allergy)
1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds (or other seeds)
1/3 c. dried cranberries
Optional if not vegan- 1 1/2 c. chicken- cooked and shredded
Maple Citrus Dressing:
1 lemon squeezed (approx. 2 Tbsp.)
1 lime squeezed (approx. 1 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or raw honey if not vegan)
2 Tbsp. olive oil (or desired mild oil)
1 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
Rinse and cook quinoa as per directions and set aside to cool.
Mix all your vegetables except for your cashews into your cooled quinoa and mix.
Whisk together dressing and pour over salad. Mix well. Makes 6 cups of salad without the chicken. If adding chicken add now. Add cashews just before serving for optimum crunchiness.
Store sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
** You can absolutely use regular quinoa. I just thought that the red looked pretty.
Other Salads You May Enjoy:
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