This recipe is quickly becoming one of our favorites for outdoor cookouts, potluck gatherings, and overnight camping trips. It can easily be made in advance, tastes great leftover, and is sure to please any crowd. A little over a year ago we would have been adding a bag of chips or pasta salad (made from white flour) to our cookouts, but now that weâ€™re on the â€œreal foodâ€ bandwagon we go for this whole-grain option instead. If youâ€™re also interested in cutting out processed food and refined ingredients then check out our familyâ€™s â€œ100 Days of Real Foodâ€ story as well as our list of favorite recipes and meal ideas.
- 3 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)
- cup dried fruit we used a mix of raisins, golden raisins, chopped dried apricots, and dried currants
- pine nuts, toasted
- cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 bell pepper of any color, diced
- cup lime juice
- cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Pinch of salt
Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, and blogger who chronicles her familyâ€™s journey on 100daysofrealfood.com as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. Projects include a 100-day pledge to avoid all processed foods and refined ingredients, another 100-day pledge on a food stamp budget, and 100 days of real food â€œmini-pledgesâ€ where readers are challenged to cut out processed food one week at a time. Leake’s award-winning blog is receiving national attention from big names like Rachael Ray and Jamie Oliver and was recently turned into a nationally syndicated newspaper column.