1 c. dried quinoa
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. whole almonds, unroasted and unsalted
1 c. dried cherries
1/2 c. sliced scallions
1/4 c. yellow bell pepper, chopped,
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 c. olive oil
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. honey
Pour the water into a saucepan, and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil over high heat, then pour in the quinoa, recover, and continue to simmer over low heat until the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape into a mixing bowl, and chill in the refrigerator until cold.
Once cold, stir in the almonds, cherries, scallions, yellow bell pepper and cilantro. Combine all ingredients for dressing in a jar and shake to blend. Pour over quinoa, almonds, cherries and vegetables and toss lightly to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill before serving. Serves 4-6.