A Delightful and Nutritious Quinoa Salad

A Delightful and Nutritious Quinoa Salad

This Quinoa Salad is a vibrant and wholesome dish that’s perfect for any meal. Packed with protein-rich quinoa, fresh vegetables, and a zesty dressing, it’s not only delicious but also incredibly healthy. This recipe is perfect for those who want a quick, nutritious meal that’s easy to prepare and full of flavor.

– 1 cup quinoa
– 2 cups water or vegetable broth
– 1 cucumber, diced
– 1 red bell pepper, diced
– 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
– 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
– 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
– 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
– 1 avocado, diced
– Salt and pepper, to taste

For the dressing:
– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– Salt and pepper, to taste

1. **Rinse the Quinoa:** Place quinoa in a mesh strainer and rinse under cold water to remove any bitterness.
2. **Cook the Quinoa:** In a medium saucepan, bring the water or vegetable broth to a boil. Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let it cool.
3. **Prepare the Vegetables:** While the quinoa is cooking, dice the cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and halve the cherry tomatoes. Chop the parsley and mint, and dice the avocado.
4. **Make the Dressing:** In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, honey or maple syrup, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
5. **Combine Ingredients:** In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, diced cucumber, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion, parsley, mint, and avocado. If using, also add the crumbled feta cheese.
6. **Dress the Salad:** Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
7. **Serve:** You can serve this salad immediately or let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to meld the flavors together. Enjoy this salad as a light meal on its own or as a side dish.

This A Delightful and Nutritious Quinoa Salad is sure to become a favorite, offering a perfect balance of fresh, crisp vegetables, tangy dressing, and protein-packed quinoa.