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In 2010, Sprouts Farmers Market President and CEO Doug Sanders joined Autism Speaks as the Chairman and Visionary Sponsor of the Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Since that time Sprouts has doubled their locations and greatly increased their commitment to help families struggling with autism. In addition to their support of the Arizona Walk, they are funding $350,000 in Neighborhood Grants in the areas in which they do business and are bringing their vendors along for support.

Sprouts Farmers Markets has a goal of providing products that can assist its customers improve their health, nutrition and fitness. We hope you enjoy the following healthy recipe submitted by Janet Little, Sprouts Director of Nutrition. To find your nearest Sprouts Farmers Market visit

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You can serve this herby, fruity side at room temperature or chilled.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)


1 3/4 cups uncooked quinoa

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots

2 cups water

1/4 cup white grape juice

2 tablespoons distilled vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup dried sweet cherries, chopped

1/2 cup dry-roasted pistachios, chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


1. Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 cups water, white grape juice, vinegar, and salt to pan; bring to a boil. Add quinoa; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Remove from heat; set aside, and cool slightly.

2. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add quinoa, cherries, and remaining ingredients; toss gently to combine.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 256 Fat: 10.3g (sat 1.3g,mono 5.8g,poly 2.8g) Protein: 7.6g

Carbohydrate: 34g Fiber: 4.3g Cholesterol: 0.0mg

Iron: 2.4mg Sodium: 184mg Calcium: 38mg

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