Doesn’t the weekend just go way, way too fast? I’m so bummed that it’s already Sunday night, even though we had a fun-packed weekend and Fritz is outside grilling chicken so I can have a beautiful salad tomorrow like the world’s best husband that he is.
Still. I wish it was Friday morning again. But since it’s not, here’s an awesome fruit salad recipe that I promise you will love. You’ll think it’s gorgeous, you’ll want to kiss it, you’ll want to hug it, you’ll want to love it…(Miss Congeniality, anyone?)
Quinoa Fruit Salad (original recipe from Oh She Glows, serves 4-6)
- 3/4 C dry quinoa, rinsed
- 1 apple, rinsed and diced
- 3 peaches, rinsed and diced
- 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and sliced
- 2 T maple syrup
- 1 t balsamic vinegar
- 1 T lime juice
- sprinkle of salt
Cook the quinoa according to package directions, remembering to rinse it first to get rid of that bitter taste. Meanwhile, slice the fruit (and feel free to adapt the fruit in any way–use whatever you have around the house!) and layer it in a deep bowl. When the quinoa is cooked and fluffed (it doesn’t need to be cooled), toss that on top, too.
Toss the dressing ingredients over the top and mix, mix, mix. I found this to be the perfect amount of sweetness (and just a teensy hint of balsamic), but you can always adjust to your own taste. The lime also keeps the apple from browning, which is nice.
Either serve warm as is (because you probably wont be able to resist it), or cool in the fridge prior to serving.
Angela also added almonds to her salad, which I can imagine would be amazing if you plan on eating it all in one day. I know we’ll have some leftover for school tomorrow, so I left out what I knew would end up as soggy nuts. Which is never a good thing to have.
Ahem. Anyway. I love, love, love this salad. Sometimes I forget that quinoa is so yummy in a sweet dish, so I’m glad I had a reminder.
I also got to chat with some lovely people at the farmstand by my house when I went to pick up some strawberries. I’ll tell you all about that (and the recipe I left with!) on another day.
Because I want to start the week off on the right foot, I’ll leave you with a picture that my mom posted on facebook today. It’s a throwback to the old days, when my little sister Kristen (who is applying to vet schools as we speak) first discovered her true love for animals:
It makes me laugh every time I look at it. For, like, ten minutes.
No frogs were harmed (other than possible psychological damage) in the making of this photo.