Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad

October 7, 2020mayurisjikoni
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EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE

THEME : AN INGREDIENT BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER Q

Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad

I love how filling and delicious quinoa salads are and apple avocado quinoa salad is no less. The charming thing about quinoa is that it can be paired with practically any ingredient to make a filling, healthy and enjoyable dish. For the Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad, it was not a planned salad at all. I knew that I wanted to make a quinoa salad but the ingredients just sort of popped up when I opened my fridge. I am so glad that it turned really well.

 

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa(pronounced as Keen -Wah) is not a grain but is classed as a pseudo cereal. It actually belongs to the same family as amaranth.The seeds of the flowering plant Chenopodium Quinoa plant are edible. It’s a fantastic replacement for rice. Generally the seeds are white but these days it common to find a mixture of red, white and black quinoa, commonly called the tricolor or rainbow quinoa.

 

Memories

The first time I tasted quinoa was at my son’s home. Just before he left for work, he asked me to prepare a quinoa salad for dinner! Had heard of quinoa but had not seen it, tasted it and absolutely had no idea how to cook it. Thankfully, he had left the quinoa packet on the kitchen counter. Cooking part became simple because of the instructions on the packet. What salad to make, well I thought this just looks like couscous so any ingredient will work well. While the quinoa was cooking I had my eyes on it like a hawk, didn’t want it to burn, stick or become soggy. Exciting moment when the quinoa turned out good and more exhilarating when the salad was appreciated. I made a Nectarine and French Bean Quinoa Salad.

 

Health Benefits of Quinoa

  • Rich in Protein, Quinoa is ideal for vegetarians as a source of protein. 1 cup of cooked protein contain 8 grams of protein.
  • Gluten Free 
  • High in Fiber, making it very good for the digestive system.
  • Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate which makes it longer to digest and as a result keeps on full for a longer time.

 

Cooking Quinoa

Cooking quinoa is pretty easy. Quinoa is coated with a naturally bitter coating called saponin. Therefore, its important to rinse quinoa well. Put it in a sieve and under running water rub it gently in your hand so that the coating comes off.

To cook Quinoa, for 1 cup quinoa you need 2 cups of water. Place both in a an and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. For a more fluffier quinoa you can add ¼ cup more of water.

After the quinoa is cooked, gently fluff it up using a fork.

 

Some More Quinoa Dishes:

 

A bit about the group

A – Z Recipe Challenge group started by fellow bloggers Vidya and Jolly, is themed based. This month we have to use any ingredient whose English name begins with Q. Besides quail eggs, the only other ingredient beginning with Q is Quinoa. Using quail eggs was a tempting option but because of the Adhik Maas (Hindu Calendar Leap Month), eggs, meat, fish are not generally allowed. Since I’m fasting for the whole month, Quinoa was a much better option.

 Vidya blogs at Masala Chilli, a blog full of traditional Tamil recipes. Jolly’s blog Homemade Recipes is at the opposite end to Vida’s, in the sense that her blog is where you’ll find some lip smacking Punjabi food recipes.

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Ingredients required for Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad:

  • Apple – I prefer using the sweetish red apples for this salad
  • Avocado – a small ripe avocado
  • Pomegranate Arils – optional,  I had some so added to the salad
  • Quinoa – cooked
  • Walnuts – lightly roasted and chopped
  • Mint – fresh mint leaves. However add any herbs of your choice.
  • Lemon Juice – as I’ve not used any other salad dressing
  • Salt – I’ve used Himalayan Rock Salt, but feel free to use any salt of your preference
  • Pepper Powder – best to use freshly ground

 

Is this Salad ideal for Ekadashi/ Navratri Fasting?

Yes it is. I’ve used ingredients that are allowed during fasting. This salad is makes a change from the usual samo or sabudana khichdi. The quinoa and avocado combination kept away hunger pangs for most of the day. In fact I enjoy it as a main meal. I would have loved to add paneer but didn’t have any. 

Is Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad limited to fasting days?

Not at all, when I’m not fasting I like to add chopped onion, cooked beans and corn too. Can also drizzle  a salad dressing of your choice.

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Satvik as it has no onion or garlic
  • Vegetarian
  • Enjoy it for Fasting days like Ekadashi, Navratri, basically its a farali dish.

 

 

Print Recipe
5 from 4 votes

APPLE AVOCADO QUINOA SALAD

Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad is a filling, refreshing, protein rich, gluten free and vegan salad. Nuttiness from th quinoa and nuts, creaminess from the avocado and the crunch from the apple, its a perfect light meal option.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: fasting food, Light Meal, Salad
Cuisine: International
Keyword: quinoa recipe, quinoa salad
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 small avocado
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 -1¼ cups water
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • 8-10 walnuts lightly roasted
  • 12 mint leaves fresh
  • 2 -3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ -½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder

Instructions

  • Put quinoa in a sieve and wash it under running water, rubbing it gently with your hand to remove the coating.
  • Transfer the quinoa in a saucepan. Add 1-1¼ cups of water.
  • Put the pan over low to medium heat and cover it.
  • Allow the quinoa to cook for 15 minutes till its done.
  • Fluff it up with a fork and keep it on the side to cool.
  • Wash, core and slice the apple. Drizzle a bit of the lemon juice over it to prevent it from turning brown.
  • Peel, remove the stone and chop the avocado into cubes. Drizzle lemon juice over it and mix gently.
  • Add the avocado to the apple.
  • Chop mint leaves roughly and add to the mixture.
  • Chop walnuts and add.
  • Add the pomegranate arils, salt, pepper and cooked quinoa.
  • Mix gently and serve.

Notes

  • Add fresh herbs of your choice.
  • I've used tricolor quinoa but you can use any that is available.
  • Add some honey if you wish.
  • Best to chop both apple and avocado just before serving as they tend to turn brown.

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10 Comments

  • Vidya Narayan

    October 9, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    5 stars
    I love the salad recipe and the fact that it can be consumed for fasting! I love crunchy fruits like apples and pears in salad recipes. The quinoa just makes it a complete meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Vidya, and it definitely makes it a complete meal. Also its a good change from the normal high starch fasting food.

  • Preeti Tandon Shridhar

    October 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Beautifully plated salad. Absolutely my kinda dinner. I enjoy quinoa and apple combo. Loved the idea of adding avocado.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 10, 2020 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you so much Preeti, the avocado just makes it even more filling.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    October 11, 2020 at 4:39 am

    5 stars
    What a lovely colourful and healthy salad platter. A feast for the eyes and the tongue as well. I would also prefer such meal during the fasting period to those starchy , fried dishes.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 11, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, I try and avoid fried dishes and only sometimes make them if hubby insists. I too prefer more nutritious meals.

  • Seema Sriram

    October 18, 2020 at 10:37 am

    5 stars
    This is a crunchy colourful salad, love it. I love the redquinoa on salads as i do find they have a crispness about them and that goes perfectly well with other salad elements.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 18, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Seema, you’re right the red quinoa does have a bit of a bite and is great with salads. So in this tricolor one, its a mixture of textures.

  • NARMADHA

    October 25, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    5 stars
    Such a colorful, healthy and nutritious salad with quinoa, apple and avocado. Never seen red or black quinoa here. It makes the salad so vibrant and inviting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 25, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much Narmadha. I’ve also previously used white and tastes equally good.

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