Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is an excellent alternative to rice and is easier to cook.  It is much healthier choice as it is high in protein.  

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa

1 cucumber

2 carrots

3 celery stalks

1 orange or red pepper

1 cup boiled chickpeas

1 cup boiled kidney beans

½ cup cranberries

½ cup chopped cilantro

4 cups of water to cook quinoa

¼ cup of homemade vinaigrette

Ingredients for Vinaigrette:

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of 3 lemons

1 ½ tsp of dry basil

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients for vinaigrette in a small jar.  Close the jar and shake it well. Your vinaigrette is ready!

Making Quinoa Salad:

  1. Chop all the vegetables into bite size pieces and put aside.
  2. Boil quinoa in water for 10 min and take off the stove.  Keep it covered and leave it aside for 5 min and fluff it with fork.
  3. Add all the cute vegetables to the quinoa.
  4. Add cilantro and cranberries.
  5. Pour vinaigrette on top and mix well.
  6. Refrigerate for about 2 hours and serve it cold.

You can enjoy this quinoa salad as a snack, as full lunch or as a side with fish or chicken.  

Please try this recipe and if you have any questions or comments please leave it below. Enjoy!

Eat healthy and be happy!!

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