this turned out really well and it was easy, so i thought i would share it with you all. quinoa has a ton of protien, so it's great for vegetarians!
i just threw it together, so measurements are guesses, i'm afraid.
2 C quinoa
1 granny smith apple, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C pine nuts
i mandarin orange (i'm sure you could use the canned kind, if you wanted to.) cut into small pieces
about 1/4 cup very thinly sliced onion
1/2 C nonfat vanilla yoghurt (you could use fat kind, i'm sure, but this is what i had)
1/2 C rice vinegar
1/4 lemon flavored oil
toast quinoa in a dry pan until it starts to pop a little bit. keep stirring so it doesn't scorch!
add 4 C water to the pan, stir well and then cover and boil for about 15 minutes or until somewhat translucent and done-tasting--set aside and let cool.
mix fruit, nuts and quinoa in a bowl. mix up dressing in a bottle and then mix through salad. let cool and enjoy.