Lora’s Vegetarian Quinoa Salad


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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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson