Quinoa Summer Salad

Yet another irresistible summer salad. It happens to be my favorite–light, creamy and summery when tossed with fresh fruit. Grant would say it needs more punch, but that’s because he is a put-cumin-in-everything kind of guy. (I’ll share his favorite grain salad next week)! This is simple and earthy, and that’s what I love about it.

Summer Quinoa Salad
4 servings

1 c quinoa
2 c water
3 T olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1 avocado
1 c halved cherry tomatoes
1 T fresh chopped parsley
salt & pepper

Bring water, quinoa, and a pinch of salt to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cooks in about 15 minutes–just watch for quinoa to “open”. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with olive oil and lemon juice. Add avocado and tomato or any other fresh fruits and veggies lying around. Top with parsley and add salt and pepper to taste. Word of advice, don’t skip the avocado. It takes any salad from good to amazing.

Calories: 307   Pro: 7 g   Carbs: 34 g (7 g fiber)   Fat: 17 g (only 2 g saturated)   Sodium: 300 mg

Bonus–almost 50% your daily need for manganese and Vitamin K!!

What’s your favorite summer salad? Green or grain?

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4 responses to “Quinoa Summer Salad

  1. Sounds yummy! I have a bunch of parsley growing on my balcony just begging to be made into something delish like this!

    • Mmm.. My parsley didn’t survive the heat this summer. But I do remember when it grows it grows wild! You could add parsley to everything. One of my faves is parsley pesto :-)

  2. Jodi

    oooh! I see it’s been waaay too long since I’ve visited your blog :P this looks WONDERFUL!!! We happen to be on a “quinoa kick” right now :) I am loooving it for breakfast (I cook my quinoa in almond milk and when done we top with blueberries, toasted pecans, and drizzle with Honey … oh! my! :) ) I’ll look forward to trying this salad since we love anything with avacado! :)

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