Everyday Mom's Meals: Soul Food Saturday #32

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Soul Food Saturday #32

Happy (early) Thanksgiving! Since this is the last weekend before we all gather around our huge tables, surrounded by those who we love most, eating until we can't move, Bekki and I wanted to make sure to share something that might just be the perfect last minute addition to your menu!

I found a new favorite salad in my grocery store deli not too long ago, that I call quinoa made AMAZING! It has dried fruits and walnuts with a sweet almost glaze type of dressing. With no recipe, just an idea that I wanted this more often, than having to drive over and hope they have some left for me. I decided to reconstruct it and dress it up for the holiday table. Yes! It has cranberries! Perfect for any dressed up occasion or time you want a beautiful simple salad. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Quinoa Cranberry Salad
1 c. dried quinoa
4 tbs. Maple syrup
½ c. dried cranberries
½ c. dried apricots
1 tbs. orange juice
½ c. cashews, chopped
Cook quinoa according to package directions. In small bowl mix syrup, juice and set aside. Fluff cooked quinoa with a fork and add to a large bowl with fruit and nuts. Stir to combine. Pour dressing over and mix well. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.

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