1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup diced cucumber
2 green onions diced
½ cup diced dried figs or dried apricots or raisins
½ cup mandarin orange sections or regular orange slices cut into pieces
¼ cup sunflower seeds, toasted almonds or toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1 tsp grated lemon or lime rind
3 tbsp lemon or lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
14 tsp each cumin and ground coriander
Rinse quinoa under cold water; drain. In a saucepan, add the water and quinoa, bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Drain and let cool.
In a bowl, combine the quinoa, cucumber, dried fruit, orange sections, onions, nuts, and parsley. In a small bowl mix up the dressing, pour over the salad and toss to mix. Serves 6.