Delicious and Nutritious Quinoa Salad

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Delicious and Nutritious Quinoa Salad
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30mins
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Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 30, 2023

This quinoa salad recipe is a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Packed with nutritious ingredients like quinoa, vegetables, and herbs, it is a healthy and satisfying meal. The salad is easy to make and can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish. It is a perfect option for a quick weekday lunch or a light dinner. Give it a try and experience a burst of freshness in every bite!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Once cooked, remove the quinoa from heat and let it cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the diced bell peppers, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, parsley, mint leaves, feta cheese, and olives.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  6. Add the cooled quinoa to the bowl of vegetables and pour the dressing over it.
  7. Toss everything gently until well combined.
  8. Serve the quinoa salad chilled or at room temperature.

Interesting Facts

  • Quinoa is a complete protein source, containing all nine essential amino acids.
  • Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, providing more than 100% of the daily recommended intake in just one medium-sized pepper.
  • Kalamata olives are a variety of Greek olives known for their rich flavor and smooth texture.
  • Quinoa is gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.