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Seva's quinoa spinach salad

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Dining Out for Life®, the international event, which raises funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations, will take place at Detroit-area restaurants Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Proceeds will benefit the Michigan AIDS Coalition in Ferndale.

Participating restaurants to date:

(all donating 25% of meals and non-alcoholic beverages):

An Epic Cafe by Design - The Michigan Design Center
Andiamo Trattoria Novi
Assaggi Bistro
Bella Piatti
Brady's Tavern
Christine's Cuisine
Coach Insignia
Detroit Seafood Market
Epic Cafe Southfield
Epic Cafe Troy - MET Hotel
Local Kitchen and Bar
Mudgie's Deli
Northern Lakes Seafood Company
NOVI Chop House
Priya Restaurant
Seva - Detroit
Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar
Seva’s Quinoa-Spinach Salad

Yield = 8 servings

Prep Quinoa

Bring to a boil in a small saucepan:
2 cups of water
6 oz quinoa

Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).  
Set aside.

Prep Dressing

Whisk together:    

3 T red wine vinegar
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp pepper
1 ½ tsp salt

Whisk in slowly:

½ c extra-virgin olive oil
Set aside.

Assemble Salad

Mix together:    
Cooked quinoa
½ seedless cucumber, diced finely (all finely diced = ¼”)
½ yellow pepper, diced finely
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced finely
2 stalks celery, diced finely
3-4 large radishes, diced finely
1 oz basil, cut into "chiffonade" strips
¼ c pitted Calamata olives, chopped up a little

Then, toss with:
8 oz baby spinach
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