Quinoa Pomegranate Salad with Hemp Seed

I have been in love with pomegranates since the first time I had one at 6 years old. Back then they were only available once a year and were a total treat found only at Asian markets and fruit stands. Now you can find pomegranates almost year round thanks to domestic and international production. The IsaCrunch Hemp Seeds adds a delicious nutty flavor, fabulous nutrition and 20 grams of protein to this recipe.

Quinoa Pomegranate Salad with Hemp Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 whole pomegranate

  • 1/2 cup of IsaCrunch hemp seeds with ionic alfalfa

  • 1/2 a red bell pepper, small dice

  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon of onion, finely diced (or scallion)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro/coriander chopped

  • 1 teaspoon garlic, grated

  • 1 tablepoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

  • 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon Thai yellow curry paste (available in Asian markets)

  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder or 1 tablespoon of grated, fresh ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon of coriander powder

  • pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon

  • Black and salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Cook the quinoa until it's just tender enough to chew. Turning of the heat and leaving a lid on just before it's done can ensure you don't over cook it.

  2. Drain well in a fine sieve or colander and cool down

  3. Remove the pomegranate seeds from the fruit. This video will show you how to very quickly

  4. In a bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, and all of the other ingredients except the pomegranate seeds.

  5. Mix well, adjust the seasonings and add in the pomegranate last and mix for a few more seconds. Serve right away or chill in the fridge for a few more hours.

Variations:

  • No pomegranate seeds? Then dried cranberries, blueberries or chopped apricots can work. As will fresh orange or diced apple.

  • You can add an assortment of different colored peppers, red onion vs white, and use a different vinegar if you like. Middle Easter stores sell pomegranate syrup and vinegars to replace the honey or apple cider vinegar with. Basically have fun and make it yours.

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