Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit and Nuts

1 1/2 cups quinoa
3 cups water
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup raisins or craisins
1 pinch cayenne pepper or a few drops of tabasco
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon red vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Once done, scrape into a large bowl, and allow to cool for 20 minutes. Stir in the green onions, celery, raisins, and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the spices and dressing ingredients.

If you have time, toast the chopped pecans in a saucepan or in the oven before adding to the salad.

Allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend. Stir in the cilantro and pecans before serving.

Adapted from http://www.allrecipes.com

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