Monday, November 9, 2015

Quinoa Salad with Gouda, Apples and Fennel

This hearty salad is bursting with fall flavor.  Apple, fennel, Gouda and sage come together for a salad that's like a flavor explosion in your mouth.   Apple and fennel add a crisp crunch to balance out the creamy Gouda.  Perfect as a side dish, packed for lunch or served over greens for a meatless main dish.
 Recipe developed for Beemster
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Makes 6 servings

3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon mustard
1 clove garlic, pressed
4 cups cooked quinoa
2 cups cubed Beemster Aged Gouda
1 ½  cups chopped apple
1 ½ cups thinly sliced fennel or celery
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

Combine orange juice, vinegar, honey, mustard and garlic; set aside.

Combine quinoa, Beemster, apple, fennel, walnuts and sage.  Toss with dressing and serve.

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