Avocados, Cranberries, Apricots and Quinoa Salad
1 cup red or white quinoa, rinsed well
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cold water
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup finely diced dried apricots
2 ripe avocados
2 spring onions, sliced diagonally
1/4 cup toasted slivered or sliced almond.
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
In a bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, coriander, cumin and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Rinse the quinoa, drain well. In a saucepan, combine quinoa, salt and cold water. Bring to the boil over a moderate heat, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork, spread on a large baking sheet and let cool completely.
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.
Peel avocados and cut into bite sized chunks. Place in a bowl and toss with 1 tbsp of the dressing to prevent discolouration.
Place cooled quinoa in a large salad bowl. Add cranberry and apricots, avocados, spring onions and almonds. Then add the remaining dressing and toss to combine