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Fresh Cherry, Pistachio and Feta Quinoa Salad

Posted May 27 2011 12:00am
Good Morning and TGIF!!

I am a wee bit excited about this long Memorial Day weekend.  All of this working stuff can tire a girl out and my days of sitting around and eating bon-bon's are over.  Just kidding.  I am adjusting to change and am experiencing the learning curve of working somewhere new.  I have learned a lot in the last few days and am excited about the future.  I am heading to The Pearl today to the corporate headquarters for more training and then am officially off for the weekend.  Yah!

But before I head out I have to share with you a healthy and fabulous quinoa salad that I made to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.  I was inspired by my first sighting of cherries and knew I wanted to make something with cherries and pistachios that was healthy.  I love cherries + pistachios together- so beautiful. This salad has the sweet and savory combination that I so love.  The sweet cherries are balanced by the salty feta cheese, add a little crunch from the pistachios and freshness by the addition of mint. Yum.  This salad is loaded with flavor and would be great to bring to a Memorial Day picnic. 

Fresh Cherry, Pistachio and Feta Quinoa Salad

1 cup dry quinoa
2 cup waters
1 can 15oz garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed with water
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup pistachios meats
1/4 cup fresh mint
zest of  lemon

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp agave nectar
1 tsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1 tsp Lemon Pepper


Measure out 1 cup of quinoa into fine mesh strainer. Rinse very thoroughly .Bring  2 cups of water to a boil, then add the 1 cup of quinoa. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. All of the liquid should be absorbed. Turn heat off and let sit for 5 minutes.  Then fluff with a fork. 

In the meantime, in a large bowl add garbanzo beans, cherries, mint and lemon zest. Prep the dressing and set aside. Add the cooked quinoa to the cherry/bean mixture and stir.Then add in the pistachios, feta cheese and dressing.  Stir everything together.  Serve warm or cold.  Honestly, it is good either way!


Fresh Cherries!

Super Salad.
I intially had plans to bake and cook a bunch this weekend but my dishwasher is broken and unfortunately it cannot be serviced until next week.  Hmm.... that puts a little dent in my plans because I don't really relish the idea of washing and drying a bunch of dishes.  Exploring Portland's restaurant scene may be better suited for this weekend.  We shall see how it plays out.  I am not sure I am capable of not baking something over the long weekend.
I am off for now but I hope you all have a great Friday!
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