Thursday, December 5, 2013

picnic salad with quinoa, mango & orange vinaigrette

I put this quinoa salad together to take on Brielle's class field trip to the Long & Scott corn maze. Everyone brought their own lunch, and we shared desserts. Brielle and I brought  rice crispy treats. The corn maze was interesting. You find your way through, prompted by clues along the way.  It was fun to be outside all day. The kids loved the playground and the zip line, and this trampoline kind of thing that I forgot to photograph.

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, slightly packed
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 mango, chopped into medium sized pieces
about 1/3 cup walnuts

for the dressing-
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 TB apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup minus 2 TB olive oil
1/8 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp salt
minced jalapeƱo (I used a little more than a half)

I cooked more quinoa than this recipe used to have some to be left plain for the kids. I'm guessing it was about 1 1/4 cups dry.
Toast the walnuts in a dry pan and set aside. I kept them whole so they wouldn't get lost in the salad.
Mix everything together and stir in the dressing.

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