Friday, January 21, 2011

Refreshing Quinoa Salad

This was really tasty, and packed with nutrition, low fat and mostly raw. Who can ask for more?
You can adjust the vegetables to different seasonal varieties or ethnic flavors, Greek, Italian, Tex-Mex, you choose the possibilities are as endless as the combinations of produce available to you.

The health benefits of quinoa are outstanding not only is it gluten free but it is a complete protein, loaded with magnesium, copper, manganese and fiber. Pair it with lots of fresh veggies and cheese, if you like, and it is one tasty bowl of goodness.

I started with one cup of dry quinoa.
Add 2 cups of water.
 Simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Now this looks interesting. My son wrinkled his nose.
Set this aside to cool.
 Chop the veggies, this is what I used this time.
1 cucumber
2 cloves garlic
2 small tomatoes
1 medium tomatilla
1 small onion
1 avocado
3-4 tablespoons cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons olive oil, more or less
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup feta, crumbled, optional
Put all in a bowl and toss.
Add the cooked, cooled quinoa.
Top with cheese if desired, cheese is always desired here. And maybe some olives.
Next time I am going to try corn, tomato, garlic (always), onion and cheddar.
Good food, good for you!


  1. WOW! This looks so wonderful:) I have never had quinoa before, but this makes me want to try it! Does it have a nutty flavor? What can you compare it too? Looks BEAUTIFUL!

  2. It does have a slightly nutty flavor, mmm, nuts, perhaps I should throw in some toasted pecans next time.