French Fridays with Dorie: Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Salad

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I knew that I would regret not jumping on this back in October with everyone else. I waited until I couldn’t stand to just drool every Friday after Friday…

I finally went (not too far – Hi Amazon) and bought Dorie Greenspan’s, Around My French Table, and… I can’t put it down! It’s on my nightstand, it’s in my kitchen, it’s next to the phone…

You know what I like about this cookbook? It’s EASY! Easy to understand, easy to find the needed ingredients, and it’s easy to like the food. Nothing is overdone; she kept it simple and delicious.

So since I plan to cook from this book at least once a week (probably more – I’ve already made four recipes and I’ve had the book for six days),  I have decided to join the other French Fridays with Doriemembers and cook along side them every Friday. Yaaay! If you have something against that, blame Kitchenarian, or Lizzy, Trix, Steph, Mardi, just to name a few… They are the ones that made me drool over every FFwD recipe, week after week.

quinoa salad

For this week our assignment was to make this wonderful quinoa (keen-wah) salad (p. 138) accompanied by dried fruits, nuts, and a delicious lemon and ginger vinaigrette.

I liked the fact that I was at liberty to use whatever fruits and nuts I wanted, and the fresh herbs were also all up to me.


After I prepared the quinoa, I gathered the various fruits and nuts that I had in my pantry, then I tossed them together with the quinoa, added in the vinaigrette, and allowed the mixture to rest.

Before serving, Dorie suggests to spoon the quinoa mixture on top of mixed salad greens and to top it off with plain yogurt.

For my portion, I pushed the salad greens to the side because I liked the quinoa just as it was, but I did top it with yogurt, and this added a bit of creaminess to the otherwise crunchy texture of the salad. 

My husband didn’t care for it because he doesn’t like the smell of quinoa (whatever) so I invited the other foodie in this family to join me – my Dad. He says that he will gladly have this salad again and again. I agree.


The participants of French Fridays with Dorie do not publish the recipes; we urge you to buy the book and enjoy it together with us. Trust me, you’ll appreciate this book – a lot. I wish I didn’t wait this long to get it. Eh, better late than never.

32 Responses
  1. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Can you believe I have the cookbook and haven’t joined that group. I don’t even know why. That salad does look fantastic. I’m not a quinoa fan, but I’d consider switching for a bite of that!

  2. Teresa

    Welcome to the group! We’ve been having a lot of fun, while learning about each other and stretching our cooking boundaries. It’s well worth the time.

    You managed to make this simple salad look very elegant in your photos. I’m looking forward to experimenting with this recipe even more in the future.

  3. Terra

    Yay, welcome to French Fridays with Dorie!!! I agree, this book is sooo worth picking up, it is amazing:-) Your husband is missing out on a delicious dish!
    Take care,

  4. Lana

    Welcome to the group! I am the same with Dorie’s book – it seems to follow me everywhere I go:)
    I love quinoa and made it several times before. This one is a keeper:) I did not think the greens were necessary, but yogurt is a must.
    I love your photos! I’m looking forward to reading some more of your posts.

  5. Betsy

    Great photos! And welcome to the FFwD bandwagon. You won’t regret joining in. This book is a winner and the bloggers rock.

  6. kitchenarian

    I am so glad you joined!! Your quinoa looks absolutely delicious. I love the yogurt on top. Looking forward to cooking with you every week. 🙂

  7. Cher

    Welcome aboard! I joined about a month after the group started and it has just been the most fun. We are glad to have you with us and look forward to your “masterpieces”.

  8. Peggy

    I’ve been eying everyone’s version of this salad and this one looks great! I love the yogurt on top!

    Can’t wait to try this one out of the book soon! =)

  9. Candy

    Welcome to the group! Your photos are lovely.

    I thought was fantastic too and enjoy the flexibility in all of Dorie’s recipes.

  10. Sis. Boom.

    I blame Trix for everything. That one is trouble. But HA HA on her for missing this one this week as it was fantastic!

  11. Tammy

    Welcome to FFWD! I’m with you on how you feel about this book. No kitchen should be without it, right? Great photos.

  12. Liz

    I am SO, so happy you joined us, Kate! And just look at your fabulous quinoa…gorgeous presentation. I just had to laugh at your husband’s comment…I didn’t even give mine a chance to make up an excuse 😉

  13. Tricia S.

    Welcome to FF’s ! I joined after visiting Amazon and bought a book for my neighbor & mother (aka “Nana”) at the same time. We have been really happy with trying many recipes that we would not have selected on our own, and this one would be included on that list. I am definitely revisiting this ingredient (though agree with your hubby about the cooking aroma not being a selling point….) and hope to make Nana a convert 🙂

  14. Fresh and Foodie

    This looks great! I love quinoa and am always looking for ways to mix it up. I love the idea of yogurt on top.

  15. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to join FFWD either! But you’ve convinced me with this fresh, healthy quinoa salad. Have a great weekend!

  16. Lauren@LYK

    I adore quinoa. It’s so healthy and fast. Try it as a substitute for rice in stir fry and in cous cous salad or tabbouleh! SO good 🙂

  17. Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks

    Ugh. I drool every friday as well, but didn’t even start blogging until January so I had no idea this was going on! I need to just go and get Miss Dorie’s book already!

  18. Becky

    Your salad looks so inviting with the quinoa , fruits, and nuts. I still don’t have the book, but maybe it should be a belated b-day present to myself.

  19. Adriana

    Welcome aboard! I gave in to the FFwD ‘peer pressure’ two months ago and haven’t looked back. Your salad looks fantastic! The vinaigrette is a keeper all on its own too.

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