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Quinoa salad with grapes, apples from "Sprouted Quinoa Salad with Dressing" recipe by Green Smoothie Girl

Sprouted Quinoa Salad with Dressing

This recipe is delicious and it will get you introduce you to the habit of sprouting, a practice we emphasize in the 12 Steps to Whole Foods course. It also uses high-protein grains, and comes with a dressing!

Course Salad
15 minutes
10 servings


  • 2 C sprouted quinoa (see instructions for how to sprout)
  • 3 C sliced red grapes
  • 6 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 C basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced (include most of the green part)
  • 2 C diced broccoli or 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 C raw cashews, chopped


  • 1 small apple (Pink Lady, Fuji, Jonagold)
  • juice from 3 small or 2 large limes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried mint leaves, chopped (or 1/4 C fresh)
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Sprout quinoa a day or two in advance. To sprout quinoa: Rinse it well, then soak it several hours. Drain it, then let it sit in a fine mesh strainer on the counter for a day or two—just rinse it twice a day until you use it.

  2. Toss all ingredients, except cashews, lime juice, apple, olive oil, mint leaves, salt, and pepper. 

  3. In a high-powered blender, purée lime juice, apple, olive oil, mint leaves, salt, and pepper.

  4. Pour dressing over salad and marinate a few hours in the fridge, if time allows.

  5. Add cashews right before serving.

  6. Enjoy!