Moroccan-Spiced Lemon Dressing and Quinoa-Apricot -Spinach Salad Recipe

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  2. Whisk lemon juice, yogurt, honey, cumin, cinnamon and ginger in a small bowl until blended.
  3. Slowly whisk in oil so that the dressing becomes smooth and emulsified.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Toast quinoa in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it becomes aromatic and begins to crackle, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly.
  7. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 1 minute. Add apricots and the quinoa; continue cooking, stirring often, until the quinoa has dried out and turned light golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add water and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes.
  8. Transfer the quinoa to a medium bowl and toss with 1/3 cup of the Moroccan-Spiced Lemon Dressing. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Just before serving, add tomatoes and onion to the quinoa; toss to coat. Toss spinach with the remaining 1/3 cup dressing in a large bowl. Divide the spinach among 4 plates. Mound the quinoa salad on the spinach and sprinkle with almonds.
  10. SERVING SIZE = 2 cups spinach with approximately 1 cup quinoa mixture.
  11. MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate the quinoa and dressing separately for up to 2 days.
  12. INGREDIENT NOTE: Quinoa is available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. Toasting this grain before simmering enhances its flavor.
  13. TO TOAST NUTS: Heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 453.66 Kcal (1899 kJ)
Calories from fat 303.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33.74g 52%
Cholesterol 0.25mg 0%
Sodium 396.49mg 17%
Potassium 655.08mg 14%
Total Carbs 33.3g 11%
Sugars 9.16g 37%
Dietary Fiber 4.72g 19%
Protein 7.7g 15%
Vitamin C 20.2mg 34%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Calcium 97.7mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 177.63 Kcal (744 kJ)
Calories from fat 118.89 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.21g 52%
Cholesterol 0.1mg 0%
Sodium 155.24mg 17%
Potassium 256.49mg 14%
Total Carbs 13.04g 11%
Sugars 3.59g 37%
Dietary Fiber 1.85g 19%
Protein 3.02g 15%
Vitamin C 7.9mg 34%
Iron 1.3mg 18%
Calcium 38.2mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 11.1
  • 13

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free

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