Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

20 Sep

Got an eggplant in our veggie box and couldn’t decide what to do with it….  I came across this recipe on Pinterest and we were pleasantly surprised.  It was delicious!

Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Adapted from Foodnetwork


2 teaspoons cumin

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 large shallot, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)


One 14.5-ounce can chicken  broth

1 1/4 cups quinoa

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

One 1 1/4-pound eggplant, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large Honey Crisp or Golden Delicious apple, unpeeled,cored, quartered

3/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted

 1/4 cup roasted saltedsunflower seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries


For the vinaigrette:   Whisk the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and cumin until thick and blended in a small bowl. Stir in the shallots. Set the vinaigrette aside.
For the salad: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Bring the broth to a simmer over medium-high heat in a heavy medium saucepan. Mix in the quinoa. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the quinoa stand, covered, 5 to 10 minutes. Cool and fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile, spray a large rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil spray. Toss the eggplant with 3 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper on the sheet. Roast until tender and browned, stirring once, about 30 minutes.

Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl; fluff with a fork. Add the vinaigrette, eggplant, apples, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and cranberries. Toss to blend.

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