Cumin-Scented Apple Walnut Quinoa Salad

Cumin-Scented Apple Walnut Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:
For the quinoa:
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 1/4 cups chicken stock (or 1 1/2-2 cups if you want a softer quinoa without a little bite)
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt

Dressing:
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp kosher sea salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad:
The cooked quinoa
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup diced apple
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 green chili, chopped

Instructions:
1.) In a pan, add quinoa, chicken salt and kosher salt.
2.) Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook on a gentle simmer, covered for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
3.) Turn off heat. Let quinoa sit, covered for 5 minutes more. Fluff, spread on a baking sheet so it can cool faster.
4.) Mix all dressing ingredients in a small measuring cup or bowl. Set aside.
5.) When quinoa is completely cooled, place in a medium bowl.
6.) Add the carrot, apple, bell pepper, walnuts, raisins, cilantro and green chili.
7.) Pour the dressing over. Mix very well until everything is completely coated with dressing.
Enjoy!

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