Kim’s Plate – Cherry Almond Quinoa Salad

Kim’s Plate – Cherry Almond Quinoa Salad

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Cherries are in season! Take advantage of these yummies while they are still in season! They are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and potassium to keep our body functioning well. They are also a good source of antioxidants. This salad which combines cherries, quinoa and almonds is great as a light lunch or as a side dish with chicken, beef or pork.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

½ tsp salt divided

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

¼ tsp pepper

2 cups cherries, pitted and halved

½ cup feta cheese crumbles

1/3 cup slivered almonds

¼ cup red onion, finely diced

2 TBSP chopped fresh mint

Combine quinoa and water and ¼ tsp salt in medium saucepan. Add quinoa, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes under quinoa is tender. Fluff with fork and set aside to cool. Whisk vinegar, oil, pepper and remaining ¼ tsp salt in a large bowl. Add cherries, feta cheese, almonds, onion mint and quinoa. Chill for 2-3 hours and serve.

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