Red Quinoa, Almond and Arugula Salad with Cantaloupe

by Gena on August 26, 2013

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Good morning and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice and restorative weekend. I hope everyone feels jazzed up about green soup, and all of the wonderful variations that can emerge from it.

Last week, I found myself with an abundance of melon. Not only watermelon, which was teeming in my fridge and my freezer and very often being blended into a frosty, but also fresh cantaloupe. I tend to overlook melons a lot in the summer, largely because I’m so totally enchanted with berries that I can have eyes for no other kind of fruit. But cantaloupe is really lovely: sweet, light, rich in vitamins A and C, and very hydrating. I often snack on it during hot summer days, but I was randomly inspired to put it into a salad, and I was really happy with the way it turned out.

Originally, I was going to call this a “breakfast salad,” since that’s how I enjoyed it. But of course this could be an anytime-salad. You can make it more complex with the addition of hemp seeds, legumes, or fresh herbs, but it’s very nice with this simple preparation, too. I love the way nutty, chewy quinoa contrasts with the juicy and mellow cantaloupe. Almonds add crunch and seem to bring it all together; they’re a favorite for breakfast salads in general.

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Red Quinoa, Almond and Arugula Salad with Canteloupe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cantaloupe, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups red quinoa (regular quinoa is also totally fine)
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup slivered, crumbled, or sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons flax, hemp, or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, syrup, and seasoning.
  2. 2. Divide the arugula, quinoa, and melon onto two serving plates. Sprinkle them with almonds and then drizzle the dressing over them. Serve 2.
http://www.choosingraw.com/red-quinoa-almond-and-arugula-salad-with-canteloupe/

Next time, I might add some parsley or mint to the salad (I’ve been putting mint into everything lately!). I love the texture of this dish:

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I hope you enjoy this salad, at any time of day. This week, I’ll be bringing you a summery new salad dressing, a bunch of quick lunch ideas, and a new restaurant review. I’ll see you soon.

xo

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melissa August 26, 2013 at 8:07 am

Looks delicious! I need to eat more melon before it’s out of season. Let me know when you’re free this week :) ox

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Anya @ SAS-does August 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

Love the combination of arugula, cantaloupe, and quinoa. Thank you for the recipe, Gena!

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Bianca- Vegan Crunk August 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

I’d like to try this with baby romaine since I’m not a fan of arugala. But I love cantaloupe and quinoa!!

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Allie August 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

So funny! I was inspired to make a salad with melon last week too! I found these amazing organic french melons I’d never seen or heard of before – charentais – like a cantaloupe but slightly sweeter. SO good! I paired it with some shredded red beets and kraut over a bed of greens and a creamy cashew butter dressing.
I hope yours was as good as mine! Oh the sweetness of summer time…

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Peter Topec August 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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Elisabeth August 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

The combination of colors in this salad is gorgeous! The melange of spicy arugula, sweet canteloupe, chewy quinoa, and crunchy almonds must also taste amazing; I bet that toasting the almonds would add even more flavor. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks, Gena.

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Laura S August 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thanks for this. Great combination. Would not have thought of cantaloupe and quinoa together. Will have to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Suzanne @ hello, veggy! August 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I am trying to use flax seed more in my cooking. Do you find the flavour overpowering?

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Gena August 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

It’s distinctive, for sure. I wouldn’t call it overpowering. I kind of like the way it tastes!

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) August 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

Cantaloupe is my favourite! Never had it in a salad before, this looks delicious.

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elizabeth August 27, 2013 at 8:19 am

I don’t eat cantaloupe much anymore, but that’s only because I consumed my lifetime’s quota and then some in my 20s. I do love it though. Especially when perfectly sweet and perfectly ripe.

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furqan August 27, 2013 at 8:20 am

That looks so delicious I wish I can have them as soon as possible. Just waiting for my wife to make these recipes for me as I can not do effort even on this salad making.

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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped August 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

This is oh so tempting, bummer I’m allergic to cantaloupe! But fabulous recipe nonetheless :)

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Mandy B August 28, 2013 at 3:23 am

Love this – I better hurry up and give it a try before summer ends. I’m not a huge fan of salads in the autumn/winter time.

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Green Smoothie August 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

I’ve never thought to use cantaloupe in a salad. Clever, I’ll have to give this a try.

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bitt September 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I remember you used to blog about how you didn’t like fruit. TImes have changed! I am always reluctant to put fruit on my salad but then when I get it like that at a restaurant I like it in there.

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Gena September 3, 2013 at 6:21 am

:-) My mom was mentioning that this weekend — she was impressed that I ate melon! (She’s been trying to warm me up to fruit since I was a kid.) I’m getting way better. Banana, apples, and berries are still my favorites, but last summer I challenged myself to mango, and this summer it’s melon. So far so good.

I love fruit in salads…other than smoothies, probably my favorite way to eat them. The melon contrasts with earthy quinoa really nicely here.

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Cindy September 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I just stumbled across this site today, and I feel silly for asking (but see that elsewhere you mentioned eating cooked to aid in digestion)… Does this recipe call for sprouted raw quinoa or cooked? I want to assume raw since this is a raw food site, but wanted to double check. Thanks for the lovely idea. I look forward to exploring more of your recipes:)

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Gena September 26, 2013 at 6:32 am

Actually, my blog is a mixture of cooked and raw recipes, so I meant cooked for this one. But sprouted would work, too!

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