Are you on the lookout for a healthy recipe that’s not only nutritious but also a delight to your taste buds? Today, we’re excited to share a simple yet scrumptious Quinoa Salad recipe. This dish is packed with a variety of flavors and textures, plus it’s super easy to make. Perfect for a quick lunch, a side dish, or even a wholesome meal prep option. Let’s get cooking! 🥗

Why Quinoa?

Quinoa is a superfood known for its high protein content, full range of amino acids, and rich fiber content. It’s also gluten-free and a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: feta cheese, olives, or avocado

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Quinoa:
    • Rinse quinoa under cold water to remove its natural coating, which can be bitter.
    • In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and water (or vegetable broth for more flavor). Bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes).
    • Once cooked, fluff it with a fork and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • While the quinoa is cooking, chop your vegetables – cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and mint.
  3. Make the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to create your dressing.
  4. Combine and Toss:
    • In a large bowl, combine the cooled quinoa with the vegetables.
    • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine everything evenly.
    • For an extra punch, you can add feta cheese, sliced olives, or avocado.
  5. Serve or Store:
    • The quinoa salad can be served immediately or stored in the refrigerator. It makes great leftovers and tastes even better the next day as the flavors meld together.

A healthy recipe just for you!

There you have it – a healthy, hearty, and absolutely delicious Quinoa Salad that’s perfect for any day. This dish is a great way to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs while still enjoying a burst of fresh flavors. Experiment with adding different vegetables or proteins like grilled chicken or chickpeas to keep it exciting. Enjoy your healthy eating journey with FitWoody, where we believe in the joy of eating well and living well! 🤤


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