First of all, I don’t even know if I can pronounce “quinoa” properly and I have NEVER made it. So, for me, this recipe was a huge step out of my comfort zone. I was a little nervous, but I thought this sounded pretty good and fairly simple to make . . . so I took on the challenge.
Prep time: 5-8 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- Spicy Apple Vinaigrette (recipe below)
- Water- ½ cup
- Quinoa- ¼ cup
- Turkey sausage- 6 oz.
- Apple (cored, large diced)- 1 cup
- Walnut (crushed)- ¼ cup
- Fresh spinach- 3 cups
Bring ½ cup of water to a boil in a small pot on high heat. Add quinoa. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside to cool. Cook turkey sausage in large pot of simmering water for 10-20 minutes depending on the thickness. Remove from water and then preheat a non-stick pan on medium heat. Lightly coat with spray and then add the turkey sausage. Sauté the sausage until lightly browned all around. Set aside to cool, then slice into medallions. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle one serving of your favorite dressing on the salad and serve. Serves 1 large or 2 small.
Spicy Apple Vinaigrette
- Walnut oil- ½ cup
- Apple cider vinegar- ¼ cup
- Organic gala apple (peeled, cored, cut into small pieces)- 1
- Paprika- 1 pinch
- Cinnamon- 1 pinch
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients.
**Serves 8 large or 16 small (large = 4 tbsp; small = 2 tbsp)**
It was SOOOO yummy! I was a little skeptical because I have never really had quinoa nor thought it would go on a salad, but I was wrong. It was delicious, and Eric was really impressed by this salad as well…which is a plus for me! I would definitely recommend this salad. Did I mention that I have never cooked quinoa before??? The recipe calls for a ½ cup of water and to cook it for 12 minutes. I ended up adding a little more water over the 12 minutes, because it looked dried up. For some reason I imagined that it would cook like oatmeal…wrong.
Also, we bought pre-cooked beef sausage (pasture feed), because we couldn’t find decent turkey sausage. I really did want turkey, because I LOVE me some turkey sausage, but I equally love beef…so I didn’t mind it so much. Either way it was yummy to my tummy.
The dressing was easy enough to make. Walnut oil is too expensive, in my opinion, and we have plenty of olive oil…so I just used that. It seemed to work just fine. I didn’t peel the apples, because that is too much work for me, honestly. And I chopped them up the best I could. And as far as a “pinch” goes…I have no freakin’ clue! So, I just imagined that it would be a small amount. I added about ¼ tsp to the dressing mix. I didn’t use salt and pepper.