It's soon to be 4th July, a time to celebrate independence day with your family and friends. This delicious salad has endless possibilities for customization. Once you have a good base, it’s easy to personalize it and make it your own. Happy Cooking!
Quinoa Salad Recipe
- Cook 1 cup of uncooked quinoa according to package.
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup of organic raisins
- 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
- 2-4 tablespoons of fresh herbs; basil, cilantro or mint
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Once the quinoa has cooled to room temperature, toss everything together in a big bowl. A light dressing maybe added just prior to serving (though with freshly chopped herbs, the salad is delicious on its own, too.
- 4 T. cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of ½ organic lemon
- ¼ tsp. of ground mustard
- 1 T. honey (optional)
- Pinch of sea salt
Place all ingredients in a jar vigorously.
Healthy Facts About Quinoa
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is considered to be a “whole grain” but it is actually the seed of a plant that is a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Quinoa is high in protein and fiber and is gluten-free. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all 9 essential proteins that we need to get from our diet (our body doesn’t make them). Quinoa provides a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous.