The secret to this remarkable fruit salad isn’t the fruit. And it’s not the nutty quinoa tossed in there with the fruit. Nay. It’s the magic dressing. Lime, mint, coconut oil, little bits of pony wings. This stuff is good. It’s easy to make ahead for a brunch, lunch or midnight snack, too. Not that I would know about that whole midnight snack thing
For the salad:
1/2 cup slices almonds 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar 8 cups quinoa, cooked according to standard directions 1 pint raspberries 1 pint blueberries 4 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup toasted coconut
For the dressing:
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed 1/3 cup brown rice syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt juice of 6 limes (approximately 1/3 cup of juice. Use bottled key lime juice if needed)
Place the almonds and turbinado sugar into a nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon of water. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the almonds are toasted and the sugar begins to caramelize onto the almonds. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper and allow to cool.
In a large bowl stir together all ingredients for the salad. Place the dressing ingredients into a blender, puree completely, then pour over your salad. Toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with almonds, if desired. Serve immediately, or store in fridge for up to 12 hours.
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