Quinoa with Almonds and Dried Cherries…FOR PASSOVER??!!

Hi everyone! Look at all the gorgeous ladies who attended my workshop today! I am so sorry you could not be with us at the ever-so-fun-and-enlightening Passover Panic workshop, but I will share one of the tasty and healthy recipes with you that will impress all your guests.

My friend Charles told me that quinoa is totally permissible on Passover because it is a grass. I decided to add it to my Passover repertoire-Thanks, Charles!

Don’t let Quinoa overwhelm you. It is prepared just like rice with one part quinoa, two parts water. It is a complete protein and you can take care of your vegetarian/vegan or gluten sensitive guests by serving this alongside your chicken or beef brisket. You can make the quinoa the day before to make your life easier. Enjoy!

Quinoa with Almonds and Dried Cherries:

6 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (about 3 cups raw -cook one cup quinoa to two cups water until tender)
6-8 thinly sliced scallions, white and green part
2-3 tsp salt
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped dried cherries (or craisins if need be)
1 TBS orange zest from 1-2 oranges
ground pepper

In a large bowl,combine all the ingredients for the salad

Dressing:
2/3 cup Orange juice
1/2 cup olive oil
(you will only use about 1/2-3/4 of this dressing so use the rest for another time
whisk together until completely emulsified

Pour dressing, not all of it, over the salad, stir until all quinoa is coated with dressing and adjust salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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3 comments

  1. Jane Turkewitz says:

    I love Quinoa and found out last year that we can eat it on Passover. Was thrilled. One thing that I have found is that it is much more flavorful if cooked in low-sodium chicken broth, vs. water. I add carmelized oinion, slivered almonds or toasted pine nuts and craisins as well as orange zest. Delish!

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