Thursday, June 30, 2011

Quinoa Salad

 Super easy and similar to Tabouli, Quinoa Salad is a delicious, nutritious and satisfying summer meal. Quinoa is actually the seeds from a variety of plant that is loosely related to spinach called: Goosefoot. Quinoa contains essential amino acids and has a surprisingly high protein content (12-18%). Be certain to prepare your Quinoa according to the package directions. Quinoa contains saponins that can make it taste bitter if not washed thoroughly prior to cooking. Some brands of Quinoa come pre-washed, so simply follow the directions on your package of Quinoa. If you pruchase bulk Quinoa - I would wash it prior to cooking.
In a large bowl combine:
2 Cups Quinoa cooked according to package directions (see above) in 4 cups Water and cooled slightly.
1 English Cucumber - washed and diced
1 Sweet Red Pepper - washed and diced
1 bunch Red Radishes - washed and diced
1 bunch Flat Parsley - washed and finely chopped
1 bunch Fresh Mint - washed and finely chopped
Sprinkle the Quinoa and vegetables with:
1/3 C Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
Kosher Salt to taste.
Serve Chilled.

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