Quinoa Salad

Posted by ieatwise.com

25.05.2014

This recipe is full of nutritious herbs. Adding quinoa makes this a meal, and is the perfect light grain for a summer salad.


Serves: 2 Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts, soaked and lightly toasted
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed


Directions

  1.   Soak the walnuts for at least 30 minutes, then toast them if you like by putting them on a baking tray in an oven for a few minutes. Keep an eye on them, as they will toast quickly. Anywhere from 300-350 degrees F is fine.
  2.   Rinse the quinoa with water, drain, add 2 cups water for every 1 cup quinoa. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt in the water, bring it to a boil for a minute, then turn down to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Quinoa is fully cooked when you see the swirl of the grains, with a translucent center, and it is fluffy. Do not stir the quinoa while it is cooking.
  3.   While the quinoa cooks, chop the vegetables and herbs. Mix together the lemon zest, juice and pressed garlic as a dressing. Toss this with the vegetables, then add the quinoa and walnuts and toss.