Among blogger Jeanine Donofrio’s favorite salad ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, almonds, avocados and dried fruit – along with fresh lemon juice, honey, and cumin. Her quinoa, apricot and arugula salad, featured here, have them all! (Click here to see featured recipe.)
“I’ll never get tired of salads with arugula, avocado and quinoa,” she notes in her gorgeous blog Love & Lemons. “I realize these are common ingredients for me, but hear me out – this one is special (although, truthfully, I think they’re all special).”
Donofrio describes this salad as “a sweet combo with dried apricots, peppery arugula, smoky cumin and fruity Arbequina olive oil.”
It combines the quinoa, chickpeas, “a few big handfuls of arugula,” avocado, dried apricots, toasted chopped almonds, and chopped fresh chives.
Her “Moroccan-inspired” dressing uses our Arbequina, which works well in dressings, garlic, fresh lemon juice, honey or agave syrup, and cumin.
The salad is easy to prepare once you’ve assembled the ingredients. Most are combined with the dressing – with the exception of the almonds and chives, which are placed atop the salad. (Click here to see featured recipe.)
We asked Donofrio for tips for preparing homemade dressings and salads.
What types of vinegar do you like to use in your dressings?
I love sherry vinegar, balsamic, white balsamic, champagne vinegar (and sometimes no vinegar – I very often use lemon or lime juice instead).
What are some easy ways – i.e., herbs, spices, etc. – to boost the flavor of a salad dressing?
A few of my favorite combinations (along with olive oil) are: lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and fresh leafy herbs (basil, chives, dill, etc); and lime juice, cumin and honey.
What are some of your favorite things to add to a basic green salad – i.e., vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc.?
Chickpeas, quinoa, pine nuts, chopped almonds, hemp seeds, avocado, radish slices, and/or dried fruit are a few of my go-to ingredients.
What’s your favorite go-to salad that people might be able to make on their own?
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