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Apricot Quinoa Salad

Sweet apricots and succulent cucumbers come together with quinoa in this deliciously satisfying yet simple side dish.

boxes of apricots

Photo: Wally Hartshorn (Flickr)

This recipe is a spin on tabbouleh where apricots take the place of tomatoes.

The last few days here in Austin, Texas have been blazing hot. Too hot to cook anything elaborate, but I still want something filling and delicious.

So, during the hot summer season I like to stock my fridge with cooked grains, rice and beans to make quick, simple and nutritious sides and salads.

Today, it’s a spin on tabbouleh. I use quinoa instead of bulgar wheat and sweet and plump apricots in place of chopped tomato. Give it a go next time you want something quick to fix!

Apricot Quinoa Salad

Serving Size: Makes 4 servings


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa?
  • 2 fresh apricots, cut into small dice
  • 1 cup Persian or half an Armenian cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup micro greens of your choice ( I used broccoli sprouts)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Basil vinaigrette
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup virgin sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. In a blender combine the vinaigrette ingredients. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the quinoa, apricot, cucumbers and basil vinaigrette. Mix to combine well.
  3. Fold in the micro greens and sprinkle the sesame seeds over the salad.
  4. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Alex Lopez

Alex Lopez , aka The Food Diva, has spiced up the culinary scene in San Francisco, Florida, Chicago, and now Austin. Alex works as a natural foods chef teaching cooking classes and developing recipes. Alex has appeared on The Food Network, Cooking Channel and various local TV spots doing live cooking segments.

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  • catering Fort Lauderdale

    This is a recipe worth trying. Using
    Apricots and quinoa instead of the usual wheat and tomato can surely give this
    tabbouleh good flavor apart from the usual taste. Tabbouleh is a popular salad
    in the Middle East, using alternative ingredients can make this dish more
    interesting than it already is.

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