Happy Lent: Curried Apple Quinoa Salad

Happy Lent, everyone.

(*Yes, I know Lent started a week ago, I just hadn’t gotten around to writing about it until now!)

For those of you who know me (or those who were reading my blog during this time last year), you may remember that Nich and I participated in the Orthodox tradition of Great Lent.

Meaning: for Lent last year, we gave up meat, dairy and alcohol. At first, I was apprehensive. Really, I was terrified. I vowed to give up the things that I loved for a tradition that was not my own. I just wasn’t sure I could do it.

And yet, here I am, a year later…and I’m jumping headfirst into Great Lent.


I can’t really explain it. But I loved it. Mostly, I loved that Nich and I went on a journey together. It wasn’t necessarily an easy journey, but it was good one. We learned, we grew, and we did it together. It was a really fantastic experience. So much so, that I’ve been looking forward to Lent ever since.

I will say, I know that Lent isn’t for everyone. This is simply a choice my husband and I have made for ourselves. I’m not asking you to join us on this journey, but I am hoping that you can support us in ours.

Because, let’s be honest….we could all do with a little less meat and dairy in our lives. So, even if you’re not into the religious component of Lent, I think we can all agree that a little abstaining could do us some good. (On this same note, there’s a great Huffington Post article called “Ash Wednesday is For Everyone.” Very interesting read.)

So, I hope that you can bear with me for the next six weeks while I adhere to my Lenten fast. Don’t you worry, the blog isn’t going anywhere. Of course, I’ll still post new and exciting recipes, they just won’t incorporate meat or dairy! If I can get by without eating these things, you can get by without reading about them. I think that’s only fair. ;)

So, here’s to Lent and the wonderful journey that it is. I’m excited for the challenge! And, I hope that you are, too.

(And in case you’re wondering: I miss cheese the most!)


p.s. The following is a recipe I made up last week, using various ingredients I had around the house. This ‘salad ‘was a wonderful way to transition into my new diet – its bright, flavorful, and filling.

Curried Quinoa and Apple salad

1 Granny smith (or other tart apple), cored & diced
1 cup dry quinoa
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries (raisins would also work well)
4-5 green onions, diced

For the dressing:
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
The juice of 1 lime
1.5 tsps curry powder
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove, smashed

Cook quinoa according to package instructions (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water). Once quinoa is fully cooked, set aside to cool.

Toast slivered almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Be careful not to burn. Set almonds aside.

Once the quinoa is cooled, toss with dried cranberries, diced apple, green onions, and toasted almonds.

Whisk all dressing ingredients together (or shake in an airtight container); taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Pour over cooled quinoa mixture. Stir, and add an extra squeeze of lime juice over the top of the salad. Chill before serving (the longer the salad rests, the more the flavors meld together).

17 Responses

  1. yummy what a great combination of flavors! i just discovered quinoa recently and tried my first recipe with it last week. i have so many apples lying around, this will definitely be my next quinoa experience.

  2. Yum, that looks so good. My mouth is watering.

    I gave up alcohol for lent this year. I hope I can make it!

  3. Beautiful. And I have a bag of quinoa I need to use up! Thanks for creating this recipe.

  4. melissa says:

    yummm!! i love lenten lindsay! (well, i love regular lindsay too, but you know i just get a little extra excited about your vegan recipes) i can’t believe it’s already been a year since we were out there partaking in your tofu mushroom burger recreations!
    ps: this quinoa salad looks amazing!

  5. Noël says:

    Sounds v tasty! And for the record, Dan and I are joining you in the Great Lent Experiment. So far, so good! (Our one cheat: milk in tea. I know, I know…)

  6. We participate in Lent at our house (something else we have in common!) but we do it as a family now. No potato chips and no dessert this year. It’s always harder at the beginning of Lent, but by the end, it’s no trouble.

  7. Abigail A. says:

    This recipe looks amazing, I’m going to try it. AND, love your thoughs on Lent as well. Good stuff….

  8. sarah says:

    Lent or no Lent, I am so trying this recipe!! I am so looking forward to putting my quinoa to good use.

  9. Your salad looks great! What a nice blog you have. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  12. Kate says:

    I just made this! It was AMAZING!!!!
    Big applause. I’m so thrilled i found your blog.

  13. Maureen says:

    I was looking for another type of curried quinoa salad and found this one on Google. :) I said to myself, “I know who that is!!”

    I love this salad and I’m definitely going to try it.

    • lindsay says:

      I love that you found the recipe via google, Maureen! And hooray for new blog friends. My photo of the quinoa salad isn’t great, but it’s a realllllly tasty salad. I recommend it!

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  15. Owen says:

    Found this recipe from a couple of years past. Are you still continuing with the Great Lent tradition, or have you given it up? Also, how was the experience, spiritually, physically, socially or otherwise?

    • lindsay says:

      Hi Owen, thanks for the comment! We aren’t doing Great Lent this year (for a number of reasons) but we did it for many, many years and always loved the experience. I found that giving up meat, dairy, and alcohol made me feel better physically and spiritually. I went out less. I read more. I prayed more. In general, I think fasting is such a unique and wonderful practice. I highly recommend it.

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