Nicole, this one’s for you!  Everyone else, enjoy!  :)

Quinoa Apple Salad
Serves 4

1/4 cup raw almonds
1 cup quinoa
2 cups filtered water
1 Tbsp shallot, minced
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Granny Smith apple, diced thin
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, chopped

1.)  Coarsely chop almonds in food processor.

2.)  Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine sieve.  Drain well.  Bring 2 cups filtered water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add quinoa.  Return to a boil.  Stir quinoa.  Cover and reduce heat to Low.  Simmer until quinoa is tender but still chewy, about 15 minutes (follow package instructions).  Fluff quinoa with a fork and let cool.

3.)  Whisk together shallot, curry powder, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl.  Season with pepper. Whisking constantly, stream in olive oil, whisking until dressing is emulsified.  Add quinoa, apple, mint, and nuts.  Mix well to combine.  Serve.

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Written by Elise Schwartz
Elise Schwartz

Elise has been living a sugar-free natural lifestyle since 2008, after discovering her PCOS, infertility, and inability to lose weight were caused by toxicity in her food and daily life. She became a certified nutrition and body detox coach, and provides consultations to clients across the world. By living the principles she teaches, Elise proudly welcomed her son, Austin, into the world in 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Dave, own and operate a natural health clinic, Triad Health Center, in Greensboro, NC.


  1. Hi! I am new to Maximized Living, and my husband and I are about to start the Advanced Plan. So glad to have found your blog! What qualifies this recipe as core instead of as advanced?

  2. Hi Calamity Jane Doe! So happy you have found a Maximized Living office near you! :) To get started, talk with you Maximized Living doctor about either checking out or purchasing a copy of the book The Maximized Living Nutrition Plans. The book breaks everything down for you. It also has the lists of approved and not approved foods on both the Core and Advanced Plans. My website goes on to support the two plans and, as you see, I code my recipes accordingly.

    After you check out the book, if you still have questions, I’d be more than happy to set up a Skype consultation with you. Just email me when you are ready:

    Many blessings to you as you begin your health journey!

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