Wholesome Quinoa Salad: Rainbow of Nutrients



Wholesome Quinoa Salad: Rainbow of Nutrients

Quinoa salads are not just meals; they’re a celebration of color, health, and flavor. Our Wholesome Quinoa Salad is a vivid rainbow of nutrients that promises not only a delightful culinary experience but also a nourishing one. The harmony of textures and the symphony of tastes make it a perfect choice for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa: In a medium saucepan, bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, red onion, and parsley.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Gently fold in the feta cheese and black olives.
  6. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving, allowing the flavors to meld.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A vibrant and nutrient-packed quinoa salad featuring a medley of fresh vegetables, tangy feta cheese, and a zesty dressing.

Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 280 | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 4g

Imagine a warm summer day, a picnic blanket spread under the clear blue sky, and a bowl of Wholesome Quinoa Salad at the center of it all. Every bite is a burst of flavors and textures, from the earthy quinoa to the juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and the hint of brininess from the olives. The colorful ensemble isn’t just visually appealing; it’s a testament to the goodness of natural ingredients.

This salad isn’t just a dish; it’s a nutritional journey. The protein-packed quinoa provides a hearty base, while the assortment of vegetables brings a spectrum of vitamins and minerals. The olive oil-based dressing not only enhances the taste but also adds heart-healthy fats. Whether you’re embracing a healthier lifestyle or simply seeking culinary delight, this Rainbow Quinoa Salad has it all.

So, the next time you’re planning a family gathering, a potluck, or even a solo lunch, consider the Wholesome Quinoa Salad. It’s a bowl of wellness that invites you to savor each forkful, nourishing your body and soul.

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