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Healthy recipe of the month: Nutty and fruity quinoa salad with maple vinaigrette


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Nutty and fruity quinoa salad with maple vinaigrette

Salad days are (finally) here again! This one, with natural fruity sweetness, nutty crunch and lots of magnesium, makes a great side dish.


1 cup quinoa, rinsed 250 mL
½ cup sliced almonds 125 mL
½ cup coarsely chopped apple 125 mL
½ cup coarsely chopped dried apricots 125 mL
¼ cup toasted unsalted sunflower seeds   60 mL
¼ cup dried cranberries   60 mL
¼ cup raisins   60 mL
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint   30 mL
½ cup maple vinaigrette (see recipe below) 125 mL


  • In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and 2 cups (500 mL) water; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  • Transfer quinoa to a large bowl. Add almonds, apple, apricots, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins and mint; toss to combine. Pour in vinaigrette and toss gently to coat.
  • Makes 8 servings

Maple vinaigrette


1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or reduced-sugar maple-flavoured syrup) 75 mL
¼ cup cider vinegar 60 mL
¼ cup honey mustard 60 mL
2 tbsp canola oil 30 mL
  • In a jar, combine maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, oil and 2 tbsp (30 mL) water. Seal and shake until well blended.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to one week, shaking well before use.
  • Makes 1 cup (250 mL)

Nutrition per serving

Calories 233
Fat 8.3 g
Saturated fat 1.1 g
Sodium 29 mg (1% daily value)
Carbohydrate 36 g
Fibre 4 g (16% daily value)
Protein 6 g
Calcium 47 mg (4% daily value)
Iron 3.1 mg (22% daily value)

Diabetes food choice values per serving: 2 carbohydrates, 1½ fat

To continue the maple theme, try pairing this salad with glazed salmon. In the recipe for honey-nut coated salmon on Rose Reisman’s Art of Living Well, maple syrup partners with honey and toasted pecans in a sauce for baked or grilled salmon.

Salad and vinaigrette recipes excerpted from Cook! by Mary Sue Waisman & Dieticians of Canada © 2011 Reprinted with publisher permission.
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Caroline Gagné on

I tried this and it is excellent!

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