Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Pepitas

  in Recipes, Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
4 cups salad mix
1/2 cup dried cherries
1⁄4 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1⁄4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
black pepper to taste

1⁄2 teaspoon grated lime rind
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄4 teaspoon ground coriander
1⁄4 teaspoon paprika

  1. Combine water, quinoa, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Combine cooled quinoa, lettuce, cherries, pumpkin seeds, onions, herbs and black pepper in a large bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat.