Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

 

Quinoa salad is an excellent source of a variety of essential vitamins & minerals. It contains high levels of magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, & manganese. This salad makes it an ideal choice for those looking to improve their health & wellbeing.

Plus, red capsicum & chickpeas added to the salad, increases protein, fibre & vitamins.

Quinoa has anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

This salad can be a delicious and nutritious part of any meal. It is a great way to get more nutrition into your diet without sacrificing taste or flavour.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh colander
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed & drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded & chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion (from 1 small red onion)
  • 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (from 1 large bunch)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste

 Instructions:

  • Place rinsed quinoa in saucepan with 2 cups water & bring to boil on a medium-high heat,
  • Remove lid of saucepan & decrease to a gentle simmer for 15 minutes until all water absorbed.    Remove from heat, cover, & let it rest for 5 minutes. Then fluff quinoa with a fork.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion & parsley. Set aside
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic & salt. Whisk until blended, then set aside.
  • Once the quinoa is cool, add it to the serving bowl, & drizzle the dressing on top. Toss until the mixtures combined. Season with black pepper, to taste, & add an extra pinch of salt if necessary. Set aside for at least 10 minutes or more.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.

I love this recipe for its versatile ingredients & the added nutrition that comes with it. There’s something about this combination of quinoa, red capsicum & chickpeas, that is delicious! So, enjoy a nutritious meal today with a delicious quinoa salad.

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Chris Tompson

Chris Tompson