Fresh Quinoa Salad

A bowl of fresh quinoa salad

Quinoa is an amazing product! Besides being so delicious, it's also full of good nutrients for the body and health benefits. Eating quinoa is a great way for vegetarians to get protein. In this quinoa salad recipe, bell peppers and a cucumber add a delicious crunchy texture to the salad. The mint leaves make it smell like no other salad. It's not only delicious, but very pretty and low in calories! The list can go on ... but try and see for yourself! This salad can stay fresh up to four days. 

Fresh Quinoa Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw quinoa 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 bell peppers (preferably different colors), chopped
  • 1 hot pepper seeded, chopped
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley, chopped
  • 8-10 mint leaves finely chopped, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

How To:

  1. First thing you need to do is cook quinoa.  Rinse 1 cup of quinoa, transfer into a medium pot. 
  2. Add 2 cups of water, a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil.  Cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat and cook on medium-low until water is absorbed, (about 15 minutes).  Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 more minutes.  Then uncover and set aside to cool. (1 cup of raw quinoa makes about 3 cups cooked quinoa)
  3. Add all the chopped ingredients to quinoa. 
  4. To make a salad dressing, mix together 2 Tbsp of olive oil, 2 Tbsp of lemon juice and 1.5 tsp of salt.
  5. Add the dressing to the salad and mix. 
  6. You can serve it as a salad with meat dishes or on its own as a yummy healthy lunch.

*serves 5

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