Monday, March 10, 2014

Quick and Delish Quinoa Dish

Mmmmmmm!  So so yummy.  If you've been wondering what all the quinoa buzz is about, it's well-deserved in my book.  Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse providing us with a fiber, protein and iron boost among many other health benefits.  This superstar also has a low glycemic index and as such is a great ingredient to promote healthy weight management.  In addition, it's fantastic for our gluten-free friends as it is not related to grain or wheat (always check the label to ensure it reads "gluten-free").  It's an awesome foundation for an endless number of recipes from sweet to savory, side dish to main course; the possibilities are limitless.  Use your creative side to spruce it up with veggies, fruits, nuts, beans etc or use it when making oatmeal instead of oats or try out some quinoa muffins to enjoy this superfood at any meal and any occasion.  Just make sure to rinse it well with cold water before cooking to remove all of the soapy residue.  In addition, as with all ingredients, it is best to exercise moderation with quinoa as well; personally I eat quinoa a few times a month.  I hope you enjoy this super quick and delicious quinoa dish :)

For the salad~
1/2 cup cooked organic red quinoa (labeled "gluten-free")
1 cup grape tomatoes halved
1 Persian cucumber sliced
1 thinly sliced scallion or just under 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/2 avocado diced
1/4 cup garbanzo beans
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Optional: 1/4 cup corn, 1-2 tablespoons crumbled reduced fat feta cheese

For the dressing~
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients for the salad together, using corn if desired.  In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing and pour over salad.  You can choose to finish with a sprinkle of crumbled feta for a fresh, tangy kick!

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