Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad

with candied walnuts and dried apricots

$9.95 per serving

This quick salad is like the who’s who of superfoods, and tasty to boot! Fluffy, fiber-packed tri-color quinoa is tossed with arugula and red cabbage in a light vinaigrette. You'll mix in apricots, blue cheese, and walnuts (they’re candied – the one cheat of this dish!) and brighten everything up with a squeeze of lemon for a salad that’s both healthy and fun.

  • Calorie-Conscious
  • Carb-Conscious
  • Contains Gluten
  • Contains Dairy
  • Contains Soy
  • Contains Shellfish
  • Contains Nuts
  • Vegetarian
A note about serious food allergies
  • Nutrition per serving

  • Calories
    427
  • Carbohydrates
    62g
  • Fat
    16g
  • Protein
    14g
  • Sodium
    1163mg
  • Prep & Cook Time
    25-35 min.
  • Cook Within
    7 days
  • Difficulty
    Easy
  • Spice Level
    Not Spicy
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  • In The Box

  • ½ cup Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 2 oz. Dried Apricots
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 Parsley Sprigs
  • ½ oz. Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 oz. Walnut Halves
  • ½ fl. oz. Champagne Vinegar
  • 2 oz. Baby Arugula
  • 3 oz. Shredded Red Cabbage
  • 1 oz. Blue Cheese
Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad with candied walnuts and dried apricots
  • In Your Kitchen

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Small Non-Stick Pan
  • 1 Small Bowl

Recipe shown serves 2

Recipe Instructions

    Before Cooking

    While Cooking

  • Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad with candied walnuts and dried apricots
    1

      Before Cooking

    Cook Quinoa and Prepare Ingredients

    Bring a medium pot with quinoa and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 14-16 minutes. While quinoa cooks, coarsely chop dried apricots. Mince garlic. Zest lemon, halve, and juice. Stem and coarsely chop parsley.

  • Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad with candied walnuts and dried apricots
    2

    Season and Chill the Quinoa

    Transfer cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl and season with ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Refrigerate until assembling salad.

  • Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad with candied walnuts and dried apricots
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    Make the Candied Walnuts

    Add brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. water, and walnuts to a small non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until walnuts are coated in a sticky glaze, 3-5 minutes. Sugar will melt and caramelize walnuts. As soon as walnuts are coated in a dark brown glaze, transfer to a plate immediately to prevent burning.

  • Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad with candied walnuts and dried apricots
    4

    Make the Vinaigrette

    Whisk garlic (to taste), 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, Champagne vinegar, half the parsley (reserve remaining for garnish), 2 Tbsp. olive oil, ½ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small bowl.

  • Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad with candied walnuts and dried apricots
    5

    Assemble the Salad

    Add dressing, baby arugula, and red cabbage to bowl with quinoa and toss to combine.

  • Blue Cheese, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad with candied walnuts and dried apricots
    6

    Plate the Dish

    Place salad on a plate. Garnish with candied walnuts, apricots, blue cheese, remaining parsley, and lemon zest.

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