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Salads are my favorite. From side dish to main course no menu is complete without a salad. Quinoa salad is indeed one of the most healthiest form of salads and is a true Healthy Treat!!

A healthy diet is the key to a long life. We all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body. You don’t need to eliminate certain categories of food from your diet, but rather select the healthiest options from each category.

While many “light and fresh” salads leave you hungry in an hour, this one is different, all thanks to quinoa. Quinoa is packed with protein and fibre, both of which will keep you feeling satisfied.

This Quinoa salad is not just super healthy and refreshing, it is extremely delicious as well! In the summer, this salad will leave you feeling super light and refreshed. I can guarantee it will become a staple food option for many people. 

Quinoa Salad – A Healthy Treat

A very healthy salad packed with the goodness of protein , fiber and vitamins!!
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: bell pepper, cucumber, onion, quinoa, salad, springonion, tomato
Yield: 4
Author: Minal Sharma

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Pan

Materials

  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

For The Salad

  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onion
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley/coriander leaves
  • 7-8 cubes goat cheese (optional)

For The Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

To prepare quinoa

  • Rinse quinoa properly in a fine mesh strainer. Place the quinoa, 2 3/4 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Refrigerate until cooled completely, 10 to 15 minutes

To Make The Dressing :

  • Place 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tsp crushed garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl and whisk to combine

Assemble the Salad

  • Add the cooled quinoa and toss to combine and evenly coat in the dressing.
  • Coarsely chop enough parsley/ coriander leaves to get 1/2 cup and add to the bowl.  You can add roughly chopped goat cheese to enhance the taste of the salad Serve it chilled.

For more such recipes do visit my blog categories HEALTHY AND TASTY DIET FOOD

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