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Simple Quinoa Salad

April 3rd, 2017 03:23:00 pm

Are you trying to ditch the heavy and fattening foods like potatoes and wheat and in general, glutens? We find you don't miss those foods if you substitute things like quinoa and amaranth. These ancient grains are gluten-free, pack a lot of protein and fiber, but also some "extra good for you" nutrients like all nine essential amino acids and flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol! They are delicious as a side just as they are, but here I've used the cooked quinoa to make a zippy little side salad that feels like the onset of spring! Here is a sneak peek of this delicious salad...

fresh quinoa salad

SIMPLE QUINOA SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • Quinoa (I like Rainbow Quinoa which is a mixture of all 3 kinds, but any type you choose will work great)
  • Stock or water for cooking the quinoa
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Diced Red Bell Peppers
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Basil and Fresh Parsley, chopped

 

DRESSING INGREDIENTS:

  • EVOO (Olive Oil)
  • 2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar (you can use rice vinegar or red wine even, depending on your preference)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Seasonings such as Salt and Pepper

 

Rinse the quinoa in a fine screen colander until the water runs clear.  Heat your Titanium Universal Pot. See the various Titanium Universal Pots here. Add the quinoa and saute it with a dash of olive oil until it is slightly toasted (about 5 minutes). Now add the water or stock in the amount indicated on the package. Bring this to a boil, reduce to a simmer, add the lid, and set the timer (approximately 20 minutes). It will absorb the water (much like when you cook rice). With this ancient grain, however, you will see that the germ has spiraled out when it is ready. 

lightly toast the quinoa

Mix up your dressing ingredients while the quinoa is cooking. And, now that you have your healthy quinoa prepared, simply add the other delicious ingredients, toss and serve. 

 

VARIATIONS TO "MIX IT UP" FROM MEAL TO MEAL:

  • Saute mushrooms with garlic and thyme and stir that into the quinoa and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Saute shallots and garlic in chicken broth with fresh chopped parsley and chives. Toast pine nuts. Toss with quinoa.

 

Your family will love this fresh tasting side dish to complement most any entree. Our simple quinoa salad can be made in large batches and then stored in glass containers so that it is always available for a quick snack or side dish. I eat it for breakfast alongside a poached egg, or for lunch alongside a sandwich too. Enjoy it guilt-free, knowing you are getting some great nutrition with this choice.

 

 

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