Quinoa (pronounced “keen-whah”) is a seed that has more protein than any other grain or seed. It has a nutty flavor that is perfect to add to many types of salads. This salad is easy to prepare and delicious tossed with a quick lemon vinaigrette. It would also be a great salad to stir in chicken, steak, salmon, or shrimp. For those of you looking for a lunch-to-go or picnic salad, Quinoa Salad is perfect.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 large seedless cucumber, diced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup Italian parsley, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, minced
Combine quinoa, salt and 1 1/4 up water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let stand for five minutes. Fluff with a fork, let cool.
Combine lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil , whisk to combine, season with salt and pepper. When quinoa has cooled, combine with 1/4 cup of dressing, mix well, refrigerate. At this point you can refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, combine with remaining ingredients, drizzle remaining dressing over.