Hearty Quinoa and Turkey Salad with Yams

Hearty Quinoa and Turkey Salad with Yams

This Hearty Quinoa and Turkey Salad with Yams combines the nutty flavor of quinoa, the lean protein of turkey, and the earthy sweetness of roasted yams. It’s a wholesome, nutrient-rich meal that’s perfect for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

– 1 cup quinoa
– 2 cups water
– 1 lb turkey breast, cooked and shredded
– 2 medium yams, peeled and cut into cubes
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
– 1 avocado, diced
– 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 1 teaspoon honey
– 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1. **Cook the quinoa**: Rinse the quinoa under cold water. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. **Roast the yams**: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the yam cubes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until tender and golden, turning them halfway through cooking. Let cool.

3. **Prepare the dressing**: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and Dijon mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. **Assemble the salad**: In a large salad bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, shredded turkey, roasted yams, cherry tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and parsley. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly.

5. **Serve and enjoy**: Serve the salad immediately or chill in the refrigerator for an hour to let the flavors meld together. Enjoy your Hearty Quinoa and Turkey Salad with Yams as a nutritious and flavorful meal.