Arugula Salad with Quinoa, Apricot & Avocado
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A flavorful arugula salad would be an excellent choice as a side dish for any dinner or holiday meal. With quinoa, chickpeas, almonds & avocado, it's also hearty enough to be a meal on its own!
Recipe type: Salad, side dish
Serves: 4 as a side, 2 as a meal
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • juice of 1 medium lemon
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, if vegan
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
for the salad:
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • a few big handfuls of arugula
  • ¼ cup dried apricots
  • 1 small avocado, cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped, toasted almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon, honey, cumin, chives, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, chickpeas, arugula, dried apricots, and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Drizzle in ¾ of the dressing and toss again. Top with the avocado, chopped almonds, chives, and drizzle the remaining dressing. Season to taste and serve.
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