Healthy Quinoa Salad

For years I’ve been hearing about how healthy this “quinoa” stuff is.  I am a big wild rice fan so it took me a while to experiment with this new foreign grain.  Mini uhh balls is basically how I could explain it. Gluten Free and healthy!  It doesn’t have much of a taste but it is great with this dish! I’m excited for all of the recipes I will make with this in the future. I decided to make a salad dish I could bring with me to Virginia Tech this weekend for the Southeastern 2012 Fitness Expo.  I remember last year we worked out A LOT so I wanted to bring healthy snacks and drinks to keep it allll balanced out =)

VT Fitness Expo, Click to check out Website!

So I couldn’t come up with a name for this salad other than quino-whaaat?

Begin by Gathering all of the ingredients:

1.) Quinoa

2.) Tomatoes

3.) Spinach

4.) Basil

5.) Type of White Bean (I chose canellini)

6.) Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes of course…

Dressing Ingredients:

1.) Minced Garlic

2.) Olive Oil

3.) Balsamic Vinegar

4.) Salt and Pepper

5.) Zest of a small lemon

Dressing


What
now?

1.) Start with putting 2 cups water into a sauce pan adding one cup of quinoa. Get the water to boil then reduce to a simmer and cover (cook 10-15 min more, until water evaporates)

2.) Cut up tomatoes

3.) Put basil leaves and spinach (2 handfuls) into a food processor or in my poor college student case a blender….

4.) In a bowl add tomatoes, and greens.

5.) Drain beans and add them to bowl.

6.) Start to drizzle olive oil and the vinegar around the dish, along with seasoning (always season as you go!)

7.) Add quinoa once it is finished and mix it all together.

8.) Add minced garlic and lemon zest.

9.) Finish with adding sun dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese if you’d like!

GREAT SNACK/Small meal…it is delicious! I was actually surprised. I think it sitting overnight will be even more flavorful for tomorrow’s full day of working out. Stay tuned in the next couple of days about my experience at the fitness expo!!!  Expo is a great time to learn, workout and critique fitness–so I most definitely intend on sharing my thoughts with you all!

I do think next time I might chop up an onion to create some more flavor and possibly add mini mozzarella balls to accompany the flavors, almost becoming a caprese salad.

HEALTHY AND TASTY!

 

bon appetit!

xoxo

J

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