Recipe: Quinoa and Apple Salad With Almonds and Mint

Crunchy, hearty and sweet
A plate of quinoa with apples, mint leaves and almonds

Apples and grapes give this salad a healthy dose of antioxidant power. Combine with quinoa, fresh mint, roasted almonds and lemon juice for a great mix of flavors.

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1 cup quinoa (red, golden, or mixed)
1 cup red grapes, halved
½ cup roasted, unsalted almonds, chopped
2 scallions (white and light green parts), sliced
1 apple, such as Granny Smith, cut into ½-inch pieces
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, torn
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in the quinoa. Reduce the heat to low and cover tightly.
  3. Cook until quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes more. Let cool.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the grapes, almonds, scallions, apple, mint, and quinoa.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, honey, salt and pepper.
  7. Pour over the salad and toss to combine.

Nutritional information

Calories 224
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Protein 5g
Carbohydrate 24g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugar 11g
Added sugar 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 154mg  

Recipe developed by cookbook author Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness

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