Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Clean Eating Recipe -Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I just made this for my family for the first time yesterday.  It was quick, easy and a great side.  I hope you enjoy it!

Quinoa is an ancient Incan grain, and a complete source of vegan protein.  It provides all of your daily essential amino acids.  One cup has 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of your daily allowance for iron.


- 1 cup of dry quinoa - I used tricolor quinoa, but any kind works just fine.

- 1 1/2 cups organic or reduced sodium vegetable broth

- 1/2 of a large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped

- 1 large tomato, chopped

- 1/2 curb of plain or tomato & basil feta

- 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced

- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

- 4 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

- 2 Tablespoons dried mint or chopped fresh mint

- 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced or powdered

- 1 Tablespoon onion powder

- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Place quinoa in a medium saucepan, cover with water, and let soak for 5 minutes to prevent stickiness.  Stir, then rinse in a colander with cool water, and drain.  Return quinoa to the saucepan and add broth.  Bring to a boil on high heat, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes until quinoa is tender and liquid is completely absorbed.  Spread quinoa on a plate to cool quickly and stick in the fridge for 5 -10 minutes.

Place quinoa in a medium bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients.  Chill for at least 30 minutes, up to 3 days.

Nutrition per serving (1/2 cup)
126 calories, 5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 4g protein, 16g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 4mg cholesterol

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