Quinoa Orange, Cherry, Mint and Cashew Recipe - Vegetarian and Vegan

I'm in Love! This is for all the quinoa lovers out there. This has to be my favorite sweet quinoa dish of all times.  It can be eaten cold as a salad, main dish, or as a warm side dish. Perfect for the summer time, but I will definitely be eating this all year around.  This healthy recipe was inspired by a homemade quinoa salad I purchased at a local farmers market.  The flavors mixed together so beautifully that I had to hold back in finishing the whole thing.  It's completely vegetarian and vegan with little to no salt at all.  It makes up a complete protein, while also providing healthy fats, and a superb amount of antioxidants from the dark cherries.  Even my 15 month old loved it!

Here is the recipe I came up with.  It's always nice when you can use some of the foods right from your own yard. I used a fresh orange off my tree and lots of fresh mint.  Yummy!

1 cup of Quinoa  (inca red or regular)
3/4 fresh squeezed orange juice
1.5 cups of Water ( I used my alkaline water )
2 Tbs of chopped Orange zest
1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup of raw organic cashews (cut in pieces)*
1/4 cup of unsweetened dried cherries (cut in pieces, they will plump up at the end)

In a pot bring quinoa, fresh orange juice, and water to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer, and cover for 15-20 minutes.  Stir and fluff occasionally.  Half way through add lightly chopped unsweetened dried cherries and stir well then cover again.  The cherries will plump out nicely.  The quinoa is finished when the liquid is all absorbed.  Add cashews* while quinoa is still hot and stir well.

Once quinoa cools add the fresh mint and orange zest. Stir very well.  Place in refrigerator or start eating right away!

* Cashews can be lightly toasted. Just place on tin foil in the toaster oven. Spray with Olive Oil and toast lightly.

 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  I encourage comments and feedback.