Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quinoa Summer Salad [Recipe]

A while ago a neighbor shared this recipe with me.  It quickly became a regular in our house.  I love this recipe because 1- when it’s about a million degrees I don’t want to eat something hot, 2- it’s a great meat-free meal, and 3- it’s delicious!  The quinoa is packed with protein and while avocados are a calorie dense fruit, they provide heart healthy monounsaturated fats and are filled with vitamins.  It’s not a Make Ahead Meal, but this recipe requires close to no prep work so it makes a great last minute dinner.  This recipe is for two servings.

Here’s what you need:
1 cucumber (peeled)
1/4 C grape tomatoes
1/2 avocado
1/8 C red onion
lemon juice
1 1/2-2 C quinoa (cooked)
salad dressing of your choice (optional)

Cut up cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, and onion.

Mix cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, and onion in a bowl.  Add lemon juice (I usually use about 1/2 a lemon’s worth, but you can add as much or little as you like).

Serve over quinoa and add salad dressing if desired.  Raspberry vinaigrette is my fave.

What’s your favorite summer meal?
Are you a quinoa fan?

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