I have a blood orange tree, so I look for ways to use up the delicious and pretty red fruit!Blood Orange, Kumquat, and Quinoa Salad w Beets:
1/4 C finely chopped grn onions
2 teas grated blood orange rind
1 tea grated lemon rind
2 Tbls blood orange juice
1 Tbl fresh lemon juice
2 tea finely chopped cilantro
1/4 tea salt
1/4 tea ground coriander
1/4 tea ground cumin
1/4 tea paprika
3 Tbl olive oil
1 C uncooked quinoa
1 3/4C water
1/2 tea salt, divided
1 C blood orange sections, (4 medium oranges)
1 C cut up peeled avocados (about 2 avocados)
7 whole kumquats, seeded and sliced (w peal on)
2 medium beets, (cooked in boiling water w lid and cut into thin wedges)
Instructions:1. Dressing: combine first 10 ingredients in a bowl, stirring w a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly. Set aside.
2. Place quinoa in a fine sieve in a Lg bowl. Cover quinoa w water (Do not allow water to run quinoa over wire sieve and lose your quinoa). Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. Repeat procedure twice to rid of particles. Drain well.
3. Combine 1 3/4 C water, quinoa, and 1/4 tea salt in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 min's (until water is absorbed). Remove from heat, fluff w fork and add remaining 1/4 tea salt, blood orange sections, avocado, and kumquats in Lg bowl, tossing gently to combine. Add dressing; toss gently to coat salad. Spoon 1 C salad onto (in a birds nest shape) each of 4 plates; top each serving w 1/2 C thinly sliced beets in center of nest.