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Bon Appetit: The Food Lover’s Cleanse: 140 Delicious, Nourishing Recipes That Will Tempt You Back into Healthful Eating – Sara Dickerman

bon appetitQuinoa is the ingredient everyone turns to when someone asks for a healthy side: its nutty, delicious, and full of protein.


  • Fine sea salt
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 6 tablespoons Butter Milk Dressing
  • 2 small broccoli heads, trimmed, cut into bite-size florets
  • 1 cup white, red, or black quinoa
  • ½ coup roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped pistachios


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Have ready a bowl of ice water and a slotted spoon or spider near the pot of water.
  2. In a small bowl, toss the shallot with 2 tablespoons of the buttermilk dressing
  3. Drop the broccoli in the boiling water and cook until tender but crispy, about 1 minute. Remove the broccoli from the pot to the ice water. When coo, remove the broccoli from the cold water and drain it on a clean kitchen towel laid on a baking sheet
  4. Bring the water back to a boil and pour in the quinoa. Cook for 12 minutes or until slightly aldente. Drain
  5. In a large bow, toss the warm quinoa with 2 tablespoons of the buttermilk dressing and sea salt to taste. Let the quinoa cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes
  6. Toss the quinoa with the broccoli, macerated shallots, parsley, tarragon, pistachios, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of dressing. Taste for seasoning and add more salt to taste.

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