Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is gluten-free protein-packed grain that is grown in abundance in Peru.  When I was in Lima I often ate salads with quinoa, and this is a great recipe I make at home.  I prefer using brown or tri-color quinoa instead of the light colored quinoa because they don’t seem to be so sticky. 

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Main ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
2 cups greens, such as spinach or arugula
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/2 red onion, sliced in half-moons
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup blanched edamame beans (shelled), or broad beans
8 black olives, halved
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
juice of one lemon
3/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Method:
In a saucepan, combine quinoa with water and 1 tsp. salt.  Simmer for 25 minutes, until grains have puffed up and are tender.  Spread cooked quinoa on a baking sheet and allow to cool completely.   Meanwhile, combine all other ingredients in a large bowl.  Add cooled quinoa and salt and pepper, to taste.  Serve.

Note:  You can cook the quinoa ahead and keep refrigerated for up to a day before assembling salad.

 

 

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