Quinoa Salad

Serves: 4-6 people as a side dish or light lunch
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

2 cup quinoa
4 cups water
1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 red pepper roasted, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large lime juiced
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly before cooking to remove the bitter coating on the grains. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed. Once cooked let the quinoa cold down in the refrigerate. Once the quinoa has chilled, gently stir in the tomatoes, roasted pepper, onion, cilantro and garlic. Season with lime juice, coconut oil, salt, and pepper and mix together. Enjoy with your favorite poultry or as a light lunch.

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Autumn Couscous Salad

Serves: Serves 6-8 People
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes

10 oz Box of Near East Original Couscous
6 oz Bag Apricots, Chopped
½ Cup of Dried Cranberries
2 Cups of Watercress, Cropped
½ Cup Sliced Almonds, Toasted
Salt and Pepper to taste

Follow couscous instructions on the side of the box. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350° and take out a cooking sheet. Place almonds onto cooking sheet and place into oven for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted. Once couscous is cooked and cooled down to room temperature add apricots, cranberries, watercress and toasted almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss ingredients together. Enjoy as a side dish or light lunch.

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Crunchy Asian Slaw

Serves: 6-8 people
Cooking Time: 30 minutes


1 bunch watercress, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 head red cabbage, sliced thin
1 large carrot, Peel off skin, julienne fine
1 red bell pepper, julienne fine
1 Asian pear, peel off skin, julienne fine
1/2 bunch mint leaves, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Honey
3 tablespoon ginger, grated fine
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, juiced
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce

Marinate chicken with 1 cup of sweet chili sauce and bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until done. Remove and chop up into strips and set aside for slaw. In a medium bowl, whisk together and set aside the rice vinegar, sesame oil, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, honey, lime and sriracha.
In a secondary larger bowl, mix the washed and chopped watercress, red cabbage, carrots, red bell peppers, Asian pear, mint, and cilantro. Just before serving add the chicken and toss with the dressing mixture and serve as a light lunch or crispy side dish.

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All American Watermelon Salad

Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking Time:25 minutes

1 Small Seedless Watermelon, Cut off the rind and cut into small 1 inch cubes
1 (5 oz) Package of Arugula
1 (4 oz) Package of Feta Cheese, Crumbled
1 Box of Cherry Tomatoes, Wash and cut in half
1 Small Cucumber, Peeled and Sliced
1 Cup whole fresh mint leaves, julienned

Vinaigrette Ingredients
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 Lemon Zested
1/4 cup or 2 lemons, juiced
1 large Shallots, minced
1 tablespoon Honey
1/2 Cup olive oil
1 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper

In a medium size bowl, zest one lemon and add the juice of both lemons. Next whisk in the orange juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. Place the watermelon, cucumber, feta, cherry tomatoes, arugula, and mint in a large bowl or platter and drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat lightly and toss evenly. Serve immediately for a light lunch or refreshing starter to your meal.


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Roasted Beet & Shaved Fennel Caprese Salad

Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

3 Large Red Beats
1 Fennel
4 Cups Fresh Arugula (Or Substitute – with Spinach or Mixed Greens)
8 oz Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese
4 Large Basil Leaves
4 Medium Vine Ripen Tomato’s
1 ½ Table Spoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper

Remove tops from beets and wash them in cold water (leave skin on the beets). Place beets into a baking pan, season with salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil over them. Cover with tin foil and place beats into the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Remove beets from the baking pan and peal off the skin under cold water. Cut beats into slices. Remove the top from the fennel and wash the bulb in cold water. Cut fennel in half and then into slivers. Season fennel to taste with salt and pepper. and set aside. Clean tomatoes and cut along with cheese into slices. Layer fennel, tomatoes and mozzarella on top of Arugula (or desired greens). Add beats to the very top and finish with favorite balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Roasted Beet & Shaved Fennel Caprese Salad Recipe

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