Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is a fun grain that’s easy to make and gluten-free. It has a nice nutty flavor and can replace rice in most recipes. This delicious salad includes as many fresh organic veggies as you wish to add and can always taste a little different depending on what you have on hand. When it comes to adding vegetables, I’m a big fan of those that are healthiest for you. The best come from the crucifer family and include kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, red cabbage, etc., so try to include some of those. You could add some black beans or nuts for added plant protein as well. When you’re missing starch and you’re following a gluten-free diet, it’s nice to have a healthy meal that can satisfy the “carb” tooth without getting you into trouble. As with so many of our recipes, this one is high in nutrition while not sacrificing your taste buds. It also cooks up quickly, not chaining you to your kitchen.
Let me know what combinations you come up with that you enjoy most!
2.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Salad

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups organic quinoa rinsed several times in a sieve
  • 3 cups purified water or organic vegetable broth (or a combination) – I typically do 1/2 and 1/2.
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic peas frozen baby peas should be just defrosted
  • Organic veggies raw or lightly steamed (broccoli, red cabbage, asparagus, carrots, etc), chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup chopped organic red onion
  • 1 pint organic cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped organic black or green olives optional – my favorite are garlic stuffed
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup organic balsamic vinegar or organic lemon juice
  • 1 or 2 crushed organic garlic cloves
  • 2-4 Tbsp. fresh organic dill chopped (or 1 Tbsp. dried dill)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh organic parsley
  • Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Rinse quinoa well in a strainer (quinoa tastes bitter if not well rinsed). Bring 3 cups water or broth to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa and bring back to boil. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes until liquid is well absorbed. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to large bowl with a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking, and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, mix together remaining oil, vinegar or lemon juice, parsley, dill and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Add veggies and dressing to quinoa and toss well with to fully combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill before serving or enjoy warm.

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