Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cranberry Tri-Color Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

      A healthy Friday start with Cranberry Tri-Color Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. 
Tri-Color Quinoa is a blend of white, red and black quinoa that is nutritious. It's 100% whole grain with iron, fiber and complete protein. Quinoa is a great salad addition  with  dried apricots and cranberries, a crunch of pumpkin seeds, a healthy dose of matchstick carrots making this dish irresistible.  The vinaigrette can be made ahead and refrigerated. Recipe serves four.
Salad Ingredients:
  • 4- 5 cups cooked Tri-Color Quinoa (follow package directions)
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 3/4 cup each dried apricots and cranberries  
  • 1/3 cup salted pumpkin seeds
  • 3 TB. chopped fresh parsley
  •  1/4 cup diced green onions
Salad Directions:
  • Mix all salad ingredients. Moisten with dressing and refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Salt and pepper to taste. 
Cook's notes: Homemade dressings are always better but in a pinch a store  bought balsamic vinaigrette works e.g. this product from Kraft is thick with a bit of a kick to liven up the quinoa.
Pomegranate Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1- 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 tsp. honey
  • 1 TB. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Pomegranate Vinaigrette Directions:

  • Bring pomegranate juice to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally about 15 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Transfer to a small bowl. Cool completely (about 30 minutes). Whisk in olive oil, honey, vinegar, mustard, pepper, and salt and pepper. _____________________________________________________

April Rain Song
by Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you.

Let the rain beat upon your head

with silver liquid drops.

Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools

on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools

in the gutter.

The rain plays a little sleep-song

on our roof at night.

And I love the rain.

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