Honey Apple Quinoa

Jul 01

‘Tis the season to grill– so we have been grilling everything for dinner. Fish, steaks, chicken, hot dogs– everything and anything. But with the main part of the meal being cooked by the hubby outside, I needed to step up my side dish game.

We love quinoa, polenta, and couscous, so most of our summer meals have one of these three as the side. I loved this quinoa dish– lots of fruits and veggies and some nuts mixed in too! I very, very loosely adapted the recipe from Martha Stewart, and it was delish. We ate it hot the first night, but it was also great cold the next day for lunch!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 frozen package edamame, steamed and taken out of pods
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

Cook quinoa according to package instructions. When quinoa has about 10 minutes left to cook, mix honey, curry powder, salt, lemon, pepper, and olive oil to make the dressing.

Combine quinoa with carrot, pecans, and apple. Then mix well with the dressing.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Comments: 101

  1. Sounds fabulous – so intrigued by the combo of honey and cumin with this quinoa!

  2. Sounds fabulous – so intrigued by the combo of honey and cumin with this quinoa!!

    • Elizabeth Jul 02 at 9:34 am Reply

      Thanks Shashi!

  3. Carol at Wild Goose Tea Jul 02 at 7:27 pm Reply

    I was not planning to pin this. Not at all. But then I read the recipe and I was surprised and hooked. Something different for a side—-spicy and yet summery. I like it.

    • Elizabeth Jul 03 at 1:44 pm Reply

      It is a different take– but I think you’ll like it!

  4. Lori Jul 08 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I would never think to pair fruit with quinoa. I will have to try it sometime.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:54 am Reply

      It was an experiment that turned out well!

  5. Debbie L. Jul 08 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Sounds very tasty – I need to try making this. I have never cooked with quinoa – I love the taste but never cooked it myself.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:54 am Reply

      You should try it– very easy to make quinoa at home!

  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife Jul 08 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I love quinoa and I’ve been on the hunt for new recipes! Saving this one!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:53 am Reply

      Glad to provide a new one for you!

  7. Kay Adeola Jul 08 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Sounds tasty.I have not had quinoa for a long time.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:53 am Reply

      Do you miss quinoa? I think I would crave it!

  8. Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) Jul 08 at 1:33 pm Reply

    Sounds delicious! I love the idea of apples, honey, and cumin coming together!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:53 am Reply

      Thanks Amanda- it’s a good combo of spices!

  9. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Jul 08 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Sounds really interesting, especially with the honey and curry powder. Yum!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:52 am Reply

      Thanks Lana!

  10. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Jul 08 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I just tried quinoa for the first time recently and I liked it, so I would be interested in trying this.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:52 am Reply

      You should definitely give this recipe a try Robin :)

  11. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes Jul 08 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I’m always trying to think of new side dishes to make with our grilled meals. This is a great one!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:50 am Reply

      Thanks Ashley :)

  12. Ellen Jul 08 at 3:23 pm Reply

    This sounds amazing. We are huge fans of quinoa here.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:49 am Reply

      Thanks Ellen!

  13. Stefany Jul 08 at 3:55 pm Reply

    I have never had quinoa (gasp!) but I think I need to try it! This sounds delicious!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:49 am Reply

      Gasp is right- give it a try!

  14. Jenn Jul 08 at 5:12 pm Reply

    This looks tasty. Hubs is eating gluten-free right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:48 am Reply

      Happy to help :)

  15. I know since we eat gluten-free, I am supposed to like Quinoa. I just can’t get behind it. Maybe it is the way that I am cooking it?

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:47 am Reply

      Try to cook it with veggie broth instead of water? And lots of spices!

  16. Ginny McMeans Jul 08 at 5:51 pm Reply

    What a great mix of ingredients and I love that you threw in edamame too.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:47 am Reply

      Thanks Ginny- love the the veggies and fruits in here!

  17. Shell Jul 08 at 6:22 pm Reply

    I have quinoa in my cabinet. This looks like a new way to try it!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:46 am Reply

      Yes- give it a try!!

  18. Melinda Jul 08 at 7:01 pm Reply

    i never thought to put a sweet spin on quinoa. this sounds good

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:46 am Reply

      I love how versatile the flavors are that you can mix quinoa with!

  19. Debbie Denny Jul 08 at 7:11 pm Reply

    That is an interesting pairing. I like the combination.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:45 am Reply

      Thanks Debbie!

  20. Pam Jul 08 at 7:54 pm Reply

    The flavor combo sounds really unique. I bet it was delicious.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:45 am Reply

      Thanks Pam- very tasty!

  21. Rose | The Clean Dish Jul 08 at 8:19 pm Reply

    I’ll have to agree — the flavor combo DOES sound unique! I bet you had fun playing with this recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:45 am Reply

      Yes, it was a lot of fun to make!

  22. Chrystal @ YUM eating Jul 08 at 8:32 pm Reply

    What an interesting flavor to add with quinoa.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:44 am Reply

      Thanks Chrystal!

  23. Isabelle @ Crumb Jul 08 at 8:41 pm Reply

    This sounds like such an interesting combination of flavours (and so healthy, too!) Bet this would be perfect for serving with some juicy grilled pork chops.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:42 am Reply

      Thanks Isabelle- yes, great with something grilled!

  24. I’ve been cooking with quinoa, but never feel like I can get enough flavor. Your recipe looks packed with flavor and texture- can’t wait to try!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:42 am Reply

      Yes– you definitely need to jazz up quinoa for flavor!

  25. Shannon Gosney Jul 08 at 9:41 pm Reply

    I’ve never had Quinoa before. I’m not sure I would put carrots in mine (maybe really mince them good so I couldn’t tell they were in there) – lol. Thanks for sharing.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:41 am Reply

      Or just take the carrots out and make it your own!

  26. Krystal Jul 08 at 10:48 pm Reply

    I’ve never actually made quinoa! I need to get on it!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:40 am Reply

      Yes you do :)

  27. Carly Anderson Jul 08 at 10:49 pm Reply

    I have never tried quinoa before, but have been wanting to. You definitely have a unique combination of ingredients!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:40 am Reply

      Thanks Carly- the ingredients seem weird, but they work!

  28. Felicia Jul 08 at 10:51 pm Reply

    We have started to really enjoy Quinoa lately. I’ll have to give this recipe a try as well.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:40 am Reply

      Quinoa is a great grain to enjoy, especially in the summer with BBQ!

  29. Beth@FrugalFroggie Jul 08 at 10:52 pm Reply

    That looks delicious. I would like to try it.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:39 am Reply

      Thanks Beth!

  30. Amber Jul 08 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Looks and sounds absolutely YUMMY! I have never tried anything like this but I definitely am going to try to make this!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:15 am Reply

      Thanks Amber- glad to give you recipe inspiration!

  31. veronica Jul 08 at 11:30 pm Reply

    I love Quinoa. I would like to try this dish

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:15 am Reply

      I love quinoa too! Try this side dish!

  32. Bekki Jul 08 at 11:49 pm Reply

    We have been grilling like crazy here also! No heating up my kitchen in the summertime that is for sure! Looks like a great recipe!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:14 am Reply

      Thanks Bekki!

  33. Lisa Jul 08 at 11:51 pm Reply

    I’ve always wanted to cook with quinoa but didn’t quite know what to do. This I’m going to try – looks delish!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:13 am Reply

      Definitely give this a try Lisa!

  34. Marly Jul 08 at 11:55 pm Reply

    We love quinoa, but I never thought about cooking it like this. Sounds like it would be a great summer side dish!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:13 am Reply

      Thanks Marly! I love how versatile quinoa is!

  35. fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) Jul 09 at 12:52 am Reply

    I have never made quinoa. Looks like an easy enough recipe, thanks for sharing.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:12 am Reply

      You should definitely give quinoa a try!

  36. Rosey Jul 09 at 1:19 am Reply

    What a great idea to spruce up the quinoa like that… I like quinoa as is, but I bet I’d like it this way even more!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:12 am Reply

      Thanks Rosey!

  37. Sophie S Jul 09 at 3:36 am Reply

    I have yet to try making quinoa myself, usually just buy cold salads that use it. This looks easy enough to try though.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:55 am Reply

      It is easy- give it a try!

  38. Trisha Jul 09 at 9:35 am Reply

    Honey and apple make me think this could be a breakfast dish if you wanted. It sounds good!

    • Elizabeth Jul 16 at 11:03 am Reply

      Thanks Trisha :)

  39. Tracey Jul 09 at 9:46 am Reply

    This looks so good and would be a nice and healthy treat! I would have never thought to make a sweet version of quinoa!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:55 am Reply

      Thanks Tracey :)

  40. Liz Mays Jul 09 at 11:11 am Reply

    The flavors in this sound sooooo tasty. I just really need to try it!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:11 am Reply

      Thanks Liz- let me know if you give this recipe a whirl!

  41. Christie Jul 09 at 12:20 pm Reply

    This is a neat twist on quinoa! I love honey and apple!

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:11 am Reply

      Thanks Christie!

  42. Tonia Jul 09 at 5:00 pm Reply

    This sounds really good. I would love to try it. I had quinoa just one time, but I liked it.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:11 am Reply

      Quinoa has become a staple in our house!

  43. Family Travel Blogger Jul 09 at 5:30 pm Reply

    I have a packet of quinoa in my cupboard that has been sitting there for a month. This is a great excuse to use it up. :)

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:10 am Reply

      Let me know if you make the recipe and how you like it!

  44. Katy Rawson Jul 09 at 9:12 pm Reply

    I have no idea what quinoa is. Should I admit that? But I am always looking for new side dishes to try. Your has just made my list. Your recipe looks and sounds very tasty.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:09 am Reply

      That’s ok! It was new to me a little ago too!

  45. Kim Beaulieu Jul 09 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Love all the fruit and veggies you packed into this. That’s my kind of side dish.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:09 am Reply

      Me too- much easier to make one side that has grains and fruit/veggies!

  46. Marina @ Mommy Snippets Jul 09 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Mmm, this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:08 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Marina!

  47. Rachael Jul 09 at 10:17 pm Reply

    This quinoa dish sounds delightful. I’ll have to try it sometime.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:08 am Reply

      Thanks Rachael!

  48. cam | bibs and baubles Jul 10 at 2:26 am Reply

    Maybe this recipe will be the trick to getting my kids to eat quinoa. They give me such a hard time whenever I serve it.

    • Elizabeth Jul 10 at 11:08 am Reply

      Give it a try! And I have a quinoa mac and cheese I know they will love on the blog :)

  49. Great flavor combinations

    • Elizabeth Jul 16 at 11:03 am Reply

      Thanks Melissa :)

  50. Melissa Jul 11 at 10:36 am Reply

    This looks really good! I bet my kids would love it too.

    • Elizabeth Jul 16 at 10:56 am Reply

      Thanks Melissa 😉

  51. Christina S Jul 12 at 11:05 pm Reply

    This looks exciting and new! I love trying something different.

    • Elizabeth Jul 16 at 10:52 am Reply

      Thanks Christina!

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