Quinoa Salad With Citrus Cilantro Dressing Recipe

Jan 4, 2017
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Quinoa is quick, easy to prepare and delicious! Not to mention the grain is packed with amazing benefits every busy mami needs. Quinoa (keen’-wa) supplies what is a called a complete protein, which means it provides your body all nine essential amino acids. High in lysine, which aids is tissue growth and repair, this little powerhouse grain is also a good source of magnesium and iron.

Gluten free, wheat free, and easy to digest…quinoa has  quickly become to go-to lunch option for many.  This salad can be eaten warm, cold, or mixed with the fruit or vegetable of your choice.

Preparation time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 30
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 
    Cup cilantro
  • 1/4 
    Cup freshly squeezed fresh citrus juice
  • 1/4 
    Cup olive oil, plus 2 TBSP for vegetables
  • 1/4 
    Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 
    Tsp. pepper
  • Cup quinoa
  • Cups water, vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1/2 
    Cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 
    Cup diced celery
  • 1/2 
    onion, diced
  • garlic clove, minced
  • Cup chickpeas
  • 1/2 
    Cup chopped tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa in a large saucepan with 2 cups liquid of your choice (chicken broth, vegetable broth or beef broth) and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. The quinoa will be soft and will have absorbed the liquid. Set aside, allow to cool.

  4. For dressing: In blender add cilantro, citrus juice, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Season to Taste. Set aside.

  5. In a skillet over medium high heat add the 2 TBSP of olive oil. Sauté carrots, celery, onion and garlic until tender, about 4 minutes.

  6. Add quinoa to the cooked vegetables and chickpeas. Add the chopped tomatoes and mix to combine

  7. Add dressing or serve tableside.

  8. Can be stored in fridge for 1 week.

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