This Orange Apricot Almond Quinoa Salad is the perfect side dish for a Summertime barbecue. It’s a definite crowd-pleaser, and can be served cold, no hassle heating it up!
Before getting into this yummy recipe, I thought it’d be fun to chat about something other than food for a bit. Something often discussed in the food blogging community is that you should make it a point to, at times, hang out with your friends who don’t give a crap about your food blog. Tough love, yes, but it’s important to put things into perspective, have a refreshing conversation, realize that there is more to life than your food blog! While, at times that doesn’t feel true. Anyone else feel me on this? In fact, often times these are the instances that inspire you the most for your blog. Funny, eh?
Whatever it is that’s your ‘thing’, whatever you’re obsessed with, sometimes you need to hang out with people who don’t give a shit about it. So by the same token, I thought today we’d talk about some things that have nothing to do with this food blog. Mind if I share what I’m lovin’ right now? I want you to tell me what you’re loving, too!
Victoria’s Secret Restructuring
Holy crap, so did you hear the news about Victoria’s Secret? They are completely restructuring their offerings, which you can read about here. But the major thing to take away is: no more swimwear. Hit me hard with that one, why don’t ya?! NO MORE AT ALL NOTHING NADA?? Yeah.
BUT, they are having a huge sale because of it. So I don’t know about you, but that basically takes away the pain for me. I actually took advantage of this sale and got this super cute bikini AND a cover-up all for $42. Bargain hunter in the hizzouse! Get it while it’s hot, ladies!
I used to hate The Bachelor/Bachelorette. I truly did. I thought it was so stupid, so staged, so scripted, so dramatic. And now? I’m glued to every season. Yes, I still think it’s overly dramatic, buttttt whatever, right? *hair flip*
After watching last season, and seeing JoJo (#teamjojo) get her heart broken, you know I had to watch this season to see what lucky lad stole her heart. Here’s my pick for this season: Jordan will win. Mark my words!! (As the season goes on, I may or may not come back to this post and edit my pick. Just kidding. Not.)
Have you guys seen that viral video of that woman laughing her ass off in her car about a chewbacca mask she bought at Kohl’s? If you haven’t, please stop whatever you’re doing and watch it. And after you watch that, watch this – a video of her, James Corden, and J.J. Abrams, all with said chewbacca mask on, laughing their asses off. The internet is awesome.
My favorite thing to do when I’m feeling uninspired, unmotivated, or simply while I work on something that doesn’t require writing (it’s hard for me to write to anything saying words. I’m weird, I know), is listen to podcasts. I’ve been doing this for a while now, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites!
The #AskGaryVee Show (also great audiobook)
Online Marketing Made Easy
Food Blogger Pro
Wasn’t that fun? Now let’s get back into the food.
This is actually one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever made. This salad was so flavorful, and the different combinations of textures was outstanding! Plus, it’s colorful – perfect next to some grilled chicken on Memorial Day!
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup peas (I used frozen)
- 1 cup chopped purple cabbage
- 1 orange, each slice cut into fourths
- 1 apricot, diced
- ½ cup roasted almonds, chopped
- 4 scallions, chopped
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup rice vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- Cook the quinoa in a rice cooker or sauce pan with 1¾ cup water.
- When quinoa is cooked, spoon into a large salad bowl.
- Add peas, cabbage, almonds, scallions, and cilantro. Mix together until well-combined.
- To make the dressing, add the olive oil, sugar, vinegar, and salt to a liquid measuring cup. Whisk together with a fork.
- When ready to serve, add orange and apricot to the salad and mix together.
- Drizzle with dressing, mix, and enjoy!
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