Killer Quinoa Salad

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“With adaptations from Sally Vaughn-Johnston's cookbook: Fan Fare! Best of Bridge. For best results toast your quinoa firstly. See how to here:”

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  1. Dressing: In a bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, coriander, cumin and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Salad: Rinse quinoa very thoroughly, about 4-5 times prior to cooking to reduce bitterness. Do not skip the rinsing step. In a saucepan, combine quinoa, salt and cold water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork, spread on a large baking sheet and let cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, place cranberries and apricots in a small bowl. Cover with warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes or until plump. Drain and set aside.
  4. Peel avocados and remove seed. Cut into bite-sized chunks. Place in a bowl and lightly toss to coat with 1 tablespoon of the dressing to prevent discoloration. Place cooled quinoa in a large salad bowl. Add cranberry mixture, avocados, green onions and almonds. Add the remaining dressing and toss to combine.
  5. Note: Consider a sprinkle of feta cheese over the top.

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