Citrus-scented Quinoa and California Raisin Salad with Toasted Almonds, Plum Tomatoes, Mixed Greens and Balsamic Syrup
Fun to make, fun to look at, fun to eat, and good for you, too.
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons minced onion
- 4 fluid ounce (1/2 cup) olive oil, divided
- 8 ounce quinoa
- 3 cups fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup California natural raisins
- 1/4 cup California golden raisins
- 1/2 cup toasted almonds
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup seeded and diced cucumber
- 1 cup diced ripe plum tomatoes
- 4 ounce (about 1-1/2 cups) mixed baby greens
For balsamic syrup, combine vinegar and sugar in heavy saucepan and simmer on low until reduced by half. Cool and pour into a plastic squeeze bottle; chill.
For salad, sauté garlic and onion in 2 ounces (1/4 cup) olive oil over low heat in a hot skillet for 1 minute. Add quinoa and sauté 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Stir in orange juice, lime juice, thyme and wine; simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes; then, chill thoroughly. Then, combine chilled quinoa mixture, raisins, almonds, basil and remaining olive oil in large mixing bowl; season lightly with salt and pepper and mix well.
For each serving, set a ring mold 4-inches in diameter by 6-inches high on serving plate. Layer ingredients into the mold starting with quinoa salad, then diced cucumber, follow with diced tomatoes, and top off with mixed greens. Remove mold and drizzle plate with balsamic syrup. Repeat until all plates are prepared.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 580 (40% from fat); Total Fat 27g (sat 3g, mono 18g, poly 4g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 0mg; Protein 10g; Carbohydrate 74g; (Dietary Fiber 6g; Sugars 37g; ); Iron 6mg; Sodium 35mg; Calcium 137mg; Potassium 963mg
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