Saturday, March 3, 2012

Quinoa Salad

Pronounced keen-wa, quinoa is considered by some as one of the world's most perfect food. It is often referred to as "mother grain." High in nutrients and high in protein, it is gluten free, easily digested, and an excellent first food for infants. Quick and easy to prepare. Just be sure to wash quinoa well prior to cooking in order to remove the bitter coating on the grain.

1 1/2 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cup water
Add to cooled quinoa
1/2 cup diced green onion
2 oz sliced olives
1 1/2 cup diced tomato
1 1/2 cup English Cucumber diced
1 1/2 cup red, green and yellow
bell pepper

2-3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 garlic powder
1 tsp salt to taste

Rinse quinoa if manufacturer did not.
Bring water to boil. Add quinoa
Cover and simmer 15 min until water is absorbed.
Remove from heat and cool. Add remaining ingredients
to cooled quinoa. Chill
Mix together dressing ingredients thoroughly.
Toss over salad.
Allow salad to marinate for 30 minutes in refrigerator before serving.

TIP: Serve with whole grain bread and hummus for a great meal!

Be sure to leave your comments and let me know what you think!!!!


Natalie said...

Looks delicious. You should make me some!

CATHY said...

LOL, Natalie, you crack me up. Did you know that quinoa is a good first food for babies? I wish I had known that when my kids were little.