Lora’s Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

August 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Main Dishes, Nutrition, Recipes, Salads, Sides

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This is a salad I often have for lunch and I think it’s quite tasty and certainly is healthy.  My husband and kids like this “bird seed” salad too.  lol

Coach Lora Erickson

“Blonde Runner”

 

Lora’s Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa

3 cups water

Dash of lemon juice

Dash of vinegar (sometime I use white, other times balsamic)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large tomato dices (fresh from the garden – yum)

½ cup diced cucumber

¼ cup finely chopped white or purple onion

¼ cup fresh chives from the garden

Fresh herbs to taste , minced (cilantro or basil is good)

1 Tablespoon canola or olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Rinse quinoa well and add the water.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.  Rest and cool for a few minutes then stir in the garlic, onions etc and veggies.  Enjoy.  So yummy (and healthy)!

 

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

 

Quinoa (Keen-wah) is often considered a “grain” or “seed” from South America and is quickly becoming more popular in America.  Quinoa is a very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes and is packed with high quality protein/amino acids as well as other important nutrients like iron.  Despite it’s higher carbohydrate content it is considered a low glycemic index and gluten-free food.  It is also high in natural fiber.

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