Quinoa Superfood Salad

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Ingredients
2 cups quinoa & 4 cups water
2/3 cup goji berries (or cranberries)
12 oz pkg frozen soybeans, cooked to pkg directions (or 15oz can drained, rinsed
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 large red onion
2 small cloves garlic
1 heaping tbsp orange zest
1.5 lemons, juice only (3 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 bunch parsley, (about 1 cup finely chopped)
1-2 leaves kale, (about 1 cup finely chopped)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly under cold water, preheat oven to 400*
  2. Place quinoa and water into a medium sized pot, bring to a boil on medium high heat. In a separate pot, cook soy beans according to package directions, set aside.
  3. When quinoa boils, stir in Goji berries. Put lid on pot and reduce heat to low. Let cook on low heat for 20 minutes, don’t lift lid.
  4. Spread walnuts out on an un-greased baking sheet. bake in the center of hot oven for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Dressing: Mince garlic into a fine paste. Wash orange thoroughly then zest off about half the peel (yield 1 heaping Tbsp of zest.) In a small jar, combine garlic, orange zest, lemon juice, oil, honey, chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. Seal jar and shake until dressing mixture is well combined.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove quinoa from heat and remove lid. Fluff with a fork. Add the dressing and toss well. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, transfer to large mixing bowl.
  7. Finely chop red onion, parsley and kale, add to bowl. Add soybeans to bowl. Stir salad, add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle in toasted walnuts. Refrigerate.
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