This healthy quinoa salad recipe serves great as a side salad or a meal.
All you need to cook is the quinoa portion of it. The rest is just chopping away and a lot of love.
I always keep my dressing of choice very simple and made at home. That way I know which ingredients are going in to my salad. They are also high in healthy fats which helps increase the absorption of certain nutrients.
My dressing of choice is always this:
- Mashed avocado to coat. Creamy and delicious.
- Mashed avocado + a spoonful of organic tahini. Tahini has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with healthy fats. Yum.
- Organic extra-virgin olive oil on it’s own or with a splash of organic balsamic vinegar.
Why should you incorporate more quinoa into your diet?
Aside from it being gluten-free and high in fiber, quinoa is a complete protein. Which means that is contains all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own.
If you are looking for something that is belly friendly (easy to digest), quinoa is it.
When I went to Peru this past summer, quinoa was served in every single meal. Even for breakfast! It is a staple crop in the Andean regions. Came to find out that thanks to it’s popularity rising, it has helped Peruvian farmers tremendously. Increasing incomes by 22%.
Quinoa is also absolutely amazing for breastfeeding mothers. The healthy nutrients and antioxidants help boost milk supply.
It really is a super grain.
Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe
1 Cup organic quinoa.
1 3/4 Filtered water.
2 English cucumbers, diced.
2 Celery stalks, chopped.
6 Red grape tomatoes, sliced in half.
6 Kalamata olives, sliced in half.
1 Ripe avocado (for dressing).
Celtic sea salt to taste.
Organic dulse granules to taste (optional).
*Dulse is a seaweed. It improves your thyroid gland, your eyesight, your bones, your skin, and your nails. It is simply just amazing for you.
–Combine the quinoa, water, and a pinch of salt in a medium pot. Cover and bring to a boil.
–Once it is boiling, reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer until water is absorbed. Around 15 minutes.
–Remove from heat and let it cool.
–Place cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives into a bowl and toss together.
–Mash avocado into the salad to coat all of the vegetables.
–Combine quinoa into the salad. Toss it all together.
–Add salt and dulse to taste.
That is literally it. This healthy quinoa salad recipe is perfect for those hot summer days. Or when you just don’t feel like eating a very heavy meal. Kids love it as well (if they are into eating salads of course).
If you try it, let me know what you think. I love to get all of the feedback I can get!
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