Quinoa, Orzo, Couscous in Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

For Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ chopped apple
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup/agave nectar/honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 fresh garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh rosemary if you don’t have use dried herbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • Orange zest
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Blend everything together and your apple balsamic Vinaigrette is ready


Cooking the grains

  1. Take Quinoa, Orzo, couscous blend grains or any grain of your choice
  2. Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil
  3. Plunge 1 cup of grains into the boiling water
  4. Cook for 10 minutes or until desired texture is achieved
  5. Separate the grains gently with fork during cooking to prevent clumping( you can drizzle 2-3 drops of oil to prevent clumping)
  6. Remove from heat and drain grain in a large colander over sink under cold water
Salad Veggies
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1/2 celery
  • 1 cup juliennes carrots
  • CupFresh Fennel
  • Colored cabbage
  • Colored peppers
  • Fresh green peas
  • Strawberries
  • orange
  • Cucumbers
  • Red onions (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons flax seeds, chia seeds, cranberries

You can add, update, delete, modify your veggies as per the taste- My Data warehouse background chases me. Ha ha

  1. In a big bowl, toss the grains and veggies with the dressing until everything is coated nicely. Add the toppings (as much as you want )
  2. Let the dressing marinate for a half hour or so as grain will absorb it evenly.
  3. Sprinkle flax, chia, and decorate with strawberry and oranges.

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