Thursday, March 28, 2013

Quinoa Salad



Many years ago, I use to make this amazing pasta salad which consisted of some kind of pasta,
tomatoes, black olives, cheese, and bottled dressing. I know, me using a bottled dressing is crazy! I've recreated this dish to be much more healthier and tossed the bottled dressing idea. Here's a great dish to bring to any lunch, dinner or BBQ.

Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Even though it is called a grain, it is actually a seed. Quinoa contains Iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin (B2) and manganese.

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 container of grape tomatoes halved
1/2 cup black olives halved
3 ounces of goat milk chedder cubed
handful of fresh parsley chopped
juice of a lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Put quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Remove from the pot and let cool completely. (you can refrigerate it to speed up the process). In a mixing bowl, mix together the tomatoes, olives, cheddar, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. When quinoa is cooled, mix together with the tomato mixture. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

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