Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sensational Quinoa Salad

Photo Credit: Health is Wealth Photos.


This sensational quinoa salad is the perfect bring-to for summer barbeques, it's different, it's colourful and it's very of-the-moment.  This is just the kind of intense union of new and vibrant flavours that your guests will be reminiscing about long after the last bite.

You may wish to season this salad with finely chopped garlic or, optionally, garlic powder.
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups water 
  • 1 can of chickpeas (washed well)
  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 1 1/2 large red onions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Photo Credit: Health is Wealth Photos.

Directions:
  • Chop the red onions, peppers and spinach in preparation
  • Pit the avocado and chop it up, reserve
  • Slice the cherry tomatoes in halves and chop the green onions as well, reserve
  • In a large pot boil the water; add the white quinoa to it. Reduce the heat and cover the pot, simmer until the quinoa absorbs the water, about 15 minutes
  • Remove the quinoa from the pot and set it aside
  • Combine the red onions, cherry tomatoes, Chickpeas, the peppers and the chopped spinach in a bowl.
  • Add the chopped avocado and a dash of sea salt plus a few grinding of black pepper
  • Stir in the quinoa.
  • In a small bowl whisk the olive oil and the juice of the limes together, pour the whisked dressing over the quinoa mixture
  • Toss the salad gently to coat evenly
  • Add the cilantro, stirring it gently in
  • Cover the salad and refrigerate it for 4 hours, allowing the flavours to marinate 

Bon app├ętit!

Photo Credit: Health is Wealth Photos.

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