Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Air-Fried Collard Greens and Dried Fruits

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Air-Fried Collard Greens and Dried Fruits
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What Started it all:
Quinoa, Collard greens, dried fruits (raisins, apricots), air fryer

This Mediterranean-inspired quinoa salad is a perfect blend of vibrant flavors and wholesome ingredients. It's packed with protein from the quinoa, nutrients from the collard greens, and a touch of sweetness from the dried fruits. A great dish to share with family and friends!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch collard greens, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits (raisins and apricots), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
  3. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and set aside to cool.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Toss the chopped collard greens with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Place the collard greens in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You may need to do this in batches.
  7. Air fry for 5-7 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the greens are crispy and slightly browned.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, air-fried collard greens, and chopped dried fruits.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, ground cumin, salt, and pepper.
  10. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine evenly.
  11. Transfer the quinoa salad to a serving platter or individual plates.
  12. Garnish with additional lemon wedges or a sprinkle of fresh herbs if desired.

This Mediterranean quinoa salad is not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious. It's a fantastic way to incorporate more vegetables and whole grains into your diet. Enjoy this dish as a light lunch or a side for your favorite main course, and savor the goodness of fresh, seasonal ingredients!

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