In a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together; cover and chill until ready to use.

To prepare salad, bring water to boil in medium saucepan; stir in quinoa and simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until all liquid has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork then stir in raisins; let cool. Transfer to a large bowl; add celery, onion, thyme and dressing. Toss to coat well. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or salad may be prepared to this point and held for 24 hours in refrigerator.

To serve, add walnuts to salad and stir well. Remove thick slice from tops of the tomatoes and scoop out seeds with a small spoon. Arrange on individual salad plates and fill with salad, spooning any extra onto plate around tomatoes.

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Procedure

Salad

  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup quinoa
  • 3/4 Cup California raisins
  • 1/3 Cup diced celery
  • 1/3 Cup minced red onions
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/3 Cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 6 large ripe tomatoes

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 320 (Calories from Fat 36%); Total Fat 14 ( Saturated Fat 1.5; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 0; Sodium 230; Potassium 847; Total Carbohydrate 47; Dietary Fiber 5; Sugars 21; Protein 7; Calcium 55; Iron 4;

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