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Fresh Quinoa Salad

This salad makes a great, light addition to your meal.  You can either have it on the side, or add your protein to it.

Just a little tip about quinoa before I get into this delicious recipe: if it makes you gassy, rinse it for a few minutes before you cook it.  The grains are too small to rinse in any of the colanders I have, so I just soak it in a pot of water and drain it using the lid.  It’s kind of a pain, but it’s works, and it is well worth it!

Fresh Quinoa SaladQuinoa

Difficulty: Easy

Ideal Protein: Phase 4

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 regular cucumber or 5 pickling cucumbers, peeled, ends trimmed, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 cups asparagus, steamed and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 pint (2 cups) of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 bunches mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 heads endive, trimmed and separated into individual spears or just add to any type of greens.

Directions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the quinoa, stir once, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, over medium heat for 12 minutes.
  3. Strain and rinse well with cold water and remove all moisture.
  4. When dry, transfer the quinoa to a large bowl. Add the cucumbers, onion, tomato, parsley, mint, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and toss well.
  5. Spoon onto endive spears or greens, and serve.

Adapted from this recipe.

Enjoy!

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2 comments on “Fresh Quinoa Salad

  1. Perfect timing….I was just cleaning out my pantry and found a bag of quinoa. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, now I know…..thanks :-)

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