Curried Quinoa with Apples

  • 1 1/3 cups quinoa
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 5 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 sweet-tart apples, medium dice
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and minced
  • 3 Tbsp sliced or chopped almonds, toasted

Make this exceptional quinoa dish and your taste buds will thank you!  It has a terrific combination of flavors and textures.

Add the quinoa to 2 2/3 cups of boiling, salted water.  Stir and when water returns to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover pot and let cook until tender and popped, about 12 minutes.  Let sit covered for a few minutes and then fluff with a fork.  To make dressing, mash garlic with the salt using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a large knife.  Combine paste with yogurt and curry powder in a small bowl.  Stir in the lemon juice and whisk in the oil.  Let stand for 10-15 minutes to combine flavors.  Adjust seasonings if needed.  Toss the quinoa with the apples, jalapeno, scallions and dressing.  Top with toasted almonds.