Saturday, May 19, 2012

Walnut & Red Grape Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This salad is loaded with one ingredient after another of good-for-you fruits, veggies and grains. Make extra and simply toss in the greens right before eating so you can have it all week long. There won't be any afternoon naps needed with an energy boosting salad like this!

Edamame, red grapes, toasted walnuts, quinoa and baby greens tossed with a quick maple-dijon vinaigrette.

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Walnut & Red Grape Power Salad
serves 3-4
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup quinoa
1 tbl extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, small dice
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups shelled edamame
1 cup roughly chopped, toasted walnuts
1 cup halved red grapes
4-5 cups baby mixed greens

Combine the water, quinoa and a pinch of salt in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until tender.
While the quinoa is cooking, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for 10 minutes. Add the edamame and 1/4 cup water. Cook 5 minutes more over medium heat or until the water has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper.
Combine the quinoa with the edamame, walnuts and grapes. Serve over mixed greens and drizzle with maple vinaigrette.

Maple Vinaigrette
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tbl maple syrup
1 tbl dijon mustard
salt and pepper

Combine all in a blender and process until emulsified. 

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