Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Simple lunch in the Fall - Warm quinoa and arugula salad with cranberries and apples

I knew I was in big trouble last month when I didn't want to do any cooking. As things settled in now. I am back to cooking and also I started having meals again.  The weather here in Minneapolis is getting cold. Thanksgiving is actually the first sign of winter will be here soon in this part of the US. I wanted something simple and warm for lunch. I posted my lunch on Facebook a few weeks ago. A few of my friends wanted the recipe. I am a bit late with posting this... Sorry gang!

Warm Quinoa and Arugula Salad with cranberries and apple
1/2 cup of red quinoa, cooked according to the package direction.
2 cups of arugula, washed and cleaned
1 clove of shallot, sliced
1 apple, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 cup dried cranberries.
1/2 of a lime
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp of Lemon infused olive oil
Olive oil for cooking
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat a medium size frying pan till hot. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil and the sliced shallot. Saute the shallot till translucent.
 Toss in arugula. Cook lightly till the leaves begin to wilt, season with salt and pepper.
 Remove from heat, toss in apple
 Add Cranberries
Squeeze a splash of lime juice and a tbsp of honey over the mixture to taste. I was in a hurry, I would usually mix the lime juice with the honey first before tossing the dressing with the greens
Fold in quinoa.
Drizzle 2 tbsp lemon infused olive oil over the top
Ready to plate!!
Serve 2


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