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Quinoa Salad with Pomegranates (vegan)
MelanieSpiller and Coloratura Consulting
½ red onion½ cup apple cider vinegar2 TBLS granulated sugar1 cup uncooked quinoa1 mango1 pomegranateSalt and pepper to taste1 TBLSP garam masala4 TBLSP olive oil½ cup almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped½ cup cilantroMix the vinegar and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Cut the onion into thin half-moons and mix into the bowl with the vinegar and sugar. Let sit 20-30 minutes. Cook the quinoa in boiling water (according to package directions). While the quinoa cooks, peel and chop the mango into small chunks. Seed the pomegranate. (I like to do this by submerging pomegranate quarters in water and popping the seeds out. Most of them stay in the bowl and your hands don’t look like you’ve been murdering anyone. You can just fish the seeds out with your hands or a strainer.)Pull out three TBLSP of the onion-pickling fluids with a spoon and place them into a large bowl. Whisk in the salt, pepper, garam masala, and olive oil. Once the quinoa is cooked and drained (if necessary), drain most of the vinegar from the onions (collect it, if you like, to re-use as a salad dressing elsewhere) and toss all of the ingredients together, including the almonds and cilantro. Adjust flavors with salt, pepper, and/or vinegar. Garnish with a few almonds and chopped cilantro.