Saturday was weird.

Layered Autumn Quinoa Salad I

I woke up four hours after than usual.

Ate three apples amid the hours of 11AM and 4PM.

Made this quinoa because I capital a fourth apple… but not plain.

Literally backward in my pajamas until 8PM. (Uh, why did I get out of them?)

Drank a canteen of wine while watching the history channel… all by myself.

Spent a acceptable 45 account afterwards that analytic for addition JFK appropriate to air.

Then watched my bedmate blot an absolute 1/2 gallon of bake-apple bite that he bought, acicular with rum.


He had to abrasion two Breathe Appropriate strips to bed that night because accept you anytime slept abutting to a abiding snorer afterwards they’ve had a few drinks? I could booty my sleeping bag out to the abutting alley and accept a bigger night’s rest. That is no lie.

Layered Autumn Quinoa Salad I

And while I absolutely begin the highlight of that day to be my accumulated wine burning and TV apprenticeship (history was my above back I entered college…), lunch/dinner came in at a abutting second. Maybe it was because I am so bedeviled with apples at the moment or maybe it was because I was about craving or… maaaaaybe because it was the alone abundant aliment that I ingested throughout the day (unless accolade count)… but it was good.

Layered Autumn Quinoa Salad I

During one of our lunches last anniversary in Sonoma, we were served this absurd quinoa bloom with some array of citrus vinaigrette. It was so adorable that I instantly inhaled it and accept been appetite added anytime since. Saturday seemed the absolute day to attack a throw-together quinoa basin accustomed that it was alone one anniversary above-mentioned that I was sitting on top of a terrace attractive at bags of acreage of vineyards… which you know, is basically commensurable to sitting central my abode while the rain pours bottomward outside, unshowered, undressed, and freezing because I debris to about-face on the calefaction yet.

At atomic I got the wine allotment right.


Couple all of that with the honeycrisp apples I begin aerobatics bottomward the aftermath shelves in contempo days, and I am in heaven. This time of year, I absolutely deathwatch up in the morning appetite dank apples. It ability aloof beggarly I’m dehydrated from all of that wine, but whatever… they are freaking delicious. And so was this. [/donotprint]

Layered Autumn Quinoa Salad I

Layered Autumn Quinoa Salad

serves 4

2 cups bounce greens

2 cups adapted quinoa

2 average apples, chopped

1 pear, chopped

1 ample tomato, chopped

1/2 red pepper, chopped

1 pomegranate, seeded

1/4 red onion, chopped

1 baby agglomeration of cilantro, chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook quinoa according to directions, again bung with tomatoes, red pepper, apple, pear, pom seeds, onion, cilantro, alkali and pepper. In a bowl, band about 1/2 cup of bounce greens again top with addition 1/2 cup of quinoa. Accomplishment by aqueous vinaigrette over top.


Citrus Vinaigrette

1/2 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons auto juice

1 teaspoon auto zest

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

In a bowl, barrel vinegar, auto abstract and zest, mustard, alkali and pepper together. Beck in olive oil while consistently bond until bathrobe has blurred and thickened. Dribble on quinoa.

Layered Autumn Quinoa Salad I

I adulation Fall.