Nut and fruit quinoa salad


Evelyn McQuaid, Canadian Cancer Society volunteer

Photo: ELLICSR Kitchen

Quinoa is a seed that can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley. It is easy to find these days and is a good vegetarian option. The sweet-and-sour mix in this salad could make an appetizing meal if your taste buds have changed during cancer treatment.

1 cup
quinoa 250 mL
2 cups water 500 mL
1/2 cup sliced almonds 125 mL
1/2 cup chopped apple 125 mL
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped 125 mL
1/4 cup toasted unsalted sunflower seeds 60 mL
1/4 cup dried cranberries 60 mL
1/4 cup raisins 60 mL
2 tbsp finely chopped mint 30 mL
1/2 cup maple vinaigrette (see below) 125 mL
Maple vinaigrette, 1 cup (250 mL)
1/3 cup maple syrup 80 mL
1/4 cup cider vinegar 60 mL
1/4 cup honey mustard 60 mL
2 tbsp canola oil 30 mL
2 tbsp water 30 mL

Combine the quinoa with the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Let stand 5 minutes and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients.

Maple vinaigrette

Combine in a jar and shake well. Use half on salad. Stores in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Makes 6 servings

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Nutrition information
Per serving (1/2 cup, 125 mL)
Calories 313
Fat 11 grams
Carbohydrates 47 grams
Fibre 5 grams
Protein 8 grams

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Our booklet Eating Well When You Have Cancer has more tips and ideas to help manage symptoms and side effects that can affect your eating during treatment.