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Quinoa, Melon, Chorizo And Raisins Make A Simply Delicious Salad

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Sandy makes an easy and tasty fruit salad with cantaloupe, quinoa, chorizo and golden raisins, perfect for summer luncheon or a party buffet.
Ingredients
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Spanish chorizo 2 Ounce, halved and sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch thick half moons
  California golden raisins 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sherry vinegar 2 Tablespoon
  Light molasses 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Quinoa 1 Cup (16 tbs), prepared, cooked according to package directions
  Cantaloupe melon balls/Honeydew melon balls 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped fresh mint 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Thinly sliced green onions 2 Tablespoon
Directions

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over high heat and sauté chorizo until warm and fat begins to render. Add raisins, vinegar and light molasses; stir until bubbly and liquid is reduced a little. Pour into bowl; stir in quinoa, melon balls, mint and green onions. Serve immediately or chill and serve cold.
Makes 4 servings.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Ingredient: 
Grain
Interest: 
Everyday, Gourmet, Party, Quick
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
Story
Summer is a time to celebrate the bounty of luscious fresh fruits. While we tend to think of them as a snack for eating out of hand or in desserts, one of the best ways to enjoy fruits is in salads. California Golden Raisin, Quinoa and Melon Salad features fragrant cantaloupes, which are at their peak from June to September. This salad brings together a variety of flavors in perfect balance: the fruitiness of melon balls with the spicy and savory chorizo, the zest of sherry vinegar, and bursts of concentrated tangy-sweetness from golden raisins. Mint and green onions add freshness. And the South American grain-like quinoa is the perfect foil for the bright flavors and colors. This salad makes a lovely main dish for a simple luncheon, accompanied by a baguette and a glass of wine, enjoyed on the deck under a sun umbrella. Or double or triple the recipe for a festive summer buffet. To get the recipe and shopping list on your smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device) or PC, click here.

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