Monday, January 24, 2011

Quinoa Salad

Healthy Quinoa Salad
Nutritious and Delicious

Quinoa is one of the powerhouses of the grain world.  Quinoa is gluten free and is a great source of fiber, magnesium and iron.  Quinoa is high in protein, and more importantly, it is a complete protein.  This means that it provides us with all of the essential amino acids.  Quinoa develops a high level of protein as it is grown in the high elevations of Peru and Bolivia.  Quinoa comes in three different colors:  traditional (white), red and black.  Each of the three has slightly different tastes but are all packed with great nutrition.

This quinoa mix can be served as a main dish on a bed of greens or a side dish.  It is easy to make and tastes great.

The first step is to cook the quinoa.  Prior to cooking the quinoa, make sure you soak the quinoa for at least a few hours to help break down the saponins that leave a bitter taste.  After soaking, rinse a few times to ensure great tasting quinoa.  In a pot, bring 2 Cups of water to a boil.  Add the soaked quiona and reduce to a simmer.  Cook for 15-20 minutes.  This will yield 2 cups of cooked quinoa.  Allow to cool and then continue with the following recipe.

2 Cups Cooked Quinoa (1 Cup Quinoa and 2 Cups Water)

1 Bunch Cilantro (chopped)

1 Bunch Green Onion (sliced)

1 Large Tomato (diced)

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt to Taste

Mix ingredients and then serve over a bed of mixed greens or lettuce.