Your new favorite quinoa salad recipe
By Sherri Young, RN, Nurse-Educator
Quinoa is an ancient grain with a little-known secret. It’s one of the only plants
that contain all nine essential amino acids you need to get as part of your diet
to help produce protein. Without these essential amino acids, your body’s protein
manufacturing operation grinds to a halt — along with many other processes that
depend on new proteins.
What’s more, this grain has many proven health benefits including helping to lower
glycemic index and support for metabolic health. Even better — it’s easy to add
to your diet with this quick and tasty quinoa salad.
1 C quinoa
2 C water
1 C halved cherry tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red pepper, chopped
¼ C cucumber, chopped
3 scallions, finely chopped
¼ C cilantro, chopped
¼ C flat parsley, chopped
¼ C extra-virgin olive oil
2 limes, juiced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
2 to 4 C of mixed greens
- Rinse quinoa.
- Prepare quinoa as directed, bring the quinoa and water to a boil, and then reduce
heat to simmer until all water is absorbed (approx. 12 minutes).
- Once quinoa has cooled combine with tomatoes, black beans, red pepper, cucumber
- Make a simple vinaigrette mixing olive oil, lime juice, cumin and 1 teaspoon cayenne
together in a bowl.
- Pour over mixture and fold in cilantro and parsley.
- Combine with mixed greens.
This salad is served best chilled.
Total preparation time: 35 minutes (includes prep, chopping, cooking
Add any of the following: chick peas, garlic, red onions, summer
squash or diced carrot.
Last updated on 12/31/2018