Quinoa Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Aged Cheddar

Quinoa Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Aged Cheddar


  • 1 c quinoa
  • 2 c water
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 3 celery stalks, trimmed and sliced on a bias
  • ½ c chopped walnuts (toasting is optional)
  • ⅔ c Pastures Cheese, diced
  • 1 T cider vinegar
  • 2 t maple syrup
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the quinoa, water and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer.  Allow to cook for 15 minutes.  Remove from the stove and fluff with a fork.  Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the cider vinegar, maple syrup and Dijon mustard.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, while continuously whisking.  Set aside.
  3. If toasting the walnuts, place them in a skillet set over medium high heat and cook for 5-10 minutes or until fragrant.  Shake the pan around a few times to toast all sides.
  4. In a large bowl combine the quinoa, apples, celery, walnuts and cheese.  Drizzle the dressing over top and toss to stir everything together.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.