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Plum and Quinoa Salad

August 27, 2006

1 1/4 cups quinoa

2 1/2 cups water

2 large ripe plums, pitted and diced

1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup sliced green onions

3 tablespoons flaxseed oil

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

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1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

Rinse quinoa and drain well. Add to boiling water; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let chill for about 30 minutes. Stir together quinoa, plums, walnuts, peppers and onions in a medium bowl. Whisk together oils, vinegar, honey and salt in a small bowl and pour over salad; toss well to coat all ingredients with dressing. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Serves 6.

Nutrition information per serving: 370 calories, 23 g fat (2 g saturated), 0 g cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein.

- Recipe developed for AP by the California Tree Fruit Agreement

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