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Lemon-Soaked Quinoa with Dried Plums, Pistachios & Watercress



  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup red quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup sliced California Dried Plums
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 3 green onions sliced in 1/4-inch slices
  • Watercress
  • Fried Egg optional


For Vinaigrette:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; whisk until well-combined. Set aside.

For Salad:

  • Combine water, red quinoa and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat to a simmer; simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, an additional 10 minutes.
  • Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl. Pour half of dressing on top of quinoa and stir to combine. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in pistachios, California Dried Plums, radishes, and green onions slices. Top with remaining dressing and stir well.

To assemble:

  • Serve quinoa salad on top of watercress. Top with a fried egg, if desired.