I was pretty excited to see this Quinoa, Fruit and Nut salad (p138) on the list of recipes for French Fridays with Dorie because it totally reminds me of when I lived in Paris. Not only did I first discover quinoa there, but this type of salad is exactly what I ate for dinner many, many nights when I got home from work around 8pm. Oh, it’s not as bad as it sounds – I was working the classic “35 heures” a week but because I was teaching in an extra-curricular program, the classes started at 5 and didn’t end until 7, meaning I got home too late to eat a huge meal. Often I would just snack on cheese and wine but sometimes I would pick up a salad from a “traiteur” (like a high end deli with prepared foods) – and often, they would involve quinoa. So this was a nostalgic dish for me.
Dorie says the recipe serves 4 but we got at least 6 serves out of this – 4 main courses and 2 side dishes – which was perfect during a busy (and tiring!) first week back at work. A great dish to make a big old pot of to ensure you have a healthy side dish throughout the week. Filled with dried fruit and nuts and lightly dressed with a little lemon, mint and olive oil dressing, this was light and flavourful but filling (without weighing you down).
It’s very versatile and you can pick and choose the add-ins and even switch up the dressing if you like. It can be served warm or cold, on greens, as a side or a main. Plain or topped with a dollop of plain yoghurt or sour cream. Pretty, tasty and easy. Thanks Dorie!
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