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Quinoa Lime Salad

If you are looking to begin using quinoa, this recipe is an easy place to start.  I make this almost every week at the store.  The nice thing is that it is very versatile.  You can serve it warm or cold.  You can add it to sautéed chicken breast or tofu. You can use the black beans or adzuki beans (A Dr. Oz favorite)!  Or skip the beans all together.  My favorite add ins are cilantro and feta cheese.

Quinoa is an ancient South American grain.  It is a nutrient dense, has a higher protein content than other grains, and is considered a complete protein source.  It is also high in flavonoids, calcium, and phytonutrients.   Here is some more reading on quinoa for those of you who are interested. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

Bob and I grew a few quinoa plants last year.  The deer loved them =/   but we were still excited to know that it is possible to grow it in Wisconsin (see pic below).  So here you go, cook yourself up some quinoa and enjoy!

Our backyard quinoa 2012!

Quinoa Lime Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 cups chopped spinich or chard
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed) or 1 1/2 cup cooked adzuki or black beans
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Dressing:
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • optional: feta cheese, cilantro, sauteed chicken, or tofu.

Instructions

  1. If you are using dry beans you will want to soak them overnight, rinse them and then cook them in water until they are soft. Rinse again in a colander and allow to drain.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and add rinsed quinoa. Bring the water back to a boil and then cover and reduce the heat until it continues to simmer.
  3. Cook for 12-14 minutes and then shut the heat off and allow the quinoa to set. If you are not using it as a warm dish then allow it to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and stir into the quinoa.
  5. In a small mixing bowl whisk the dressing ingredients.
  6. Pour over the quinoa and gently stir.
  7. All done! =)))
  8. If you are using it as a warm dish and adding it to chicken or tofu you can mix the above as directed and add to the quinoa while it is still warm. Then add entire mixture to your sauteed chicken or tofu.
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Mediterranian Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

 

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I love basil.  My previous post on the Cranberry Basil Cookies should give you an indication of that.  The smell is amazing!  Ever since all that basil showed up at the store I have been craving  Caprese Salad, I KNOW, it is winter, all those beautiful heirloom tomatoes are not in season! But smelling all that fresh basil got to me……. I may just make do with the winter tomato variety and go for it….maybe.

At Natural Living  http://www.naturallivingwisconsin.com/ Beckie and I decided to make this Mediterranean Salad.  =)  It actually will make a great side to bring for Christmas potlucks! If you are a meat lover add some salami, pepperoni or maybe even some prosciutto.  I had to hold myself back from adding chard,  if I was home it would have been in there (hint .. so feel free!)  Enjoy!

 

Mediterranian Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

I promise, unless you absolutely do not like olives, you will love this. If you do…leave them out, and then you will love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups cucumber chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 2/3 cup kalamata olives pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 8 oz pkg feta cheese, crumbled
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12-14 minutes.
  3. Leave the cover on and let it set for a few hours to cool.
  4. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and add them to the cooked quinoa.
  5. Whisk together the oil, red wine vinegar, salt and fresh pepper.
  6. Pour over quinoa and stir gently.
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