f4ba68c1cbedb0122ea82653afbd56f3b53077b88b4c4a5f31 Uncomplicated Healthy Living: Springtime Quinoa Salad http://www.freesearchenginesubmission.infoher-libido.com

Friday, May 1, 2015

Springtime Quinoa Salad

Salads are always good for spring and summer.  This one is full of veggies and quinoa in a herbed vinaigrette.  Everyone is catching on to the health benefits of quinoa, so I don't have to explain why I like using it.  You can do all sorts of variations on this salad by changing the veggies and the herbs you use.  Play around and find a combination that suits you.


Springtime Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups vegetable broth
4 ounces sugar snap peas
1/2 large red bell pepper, cleaned and diced
1/2 large sweet red onion, cleaned and diced
1 cup english peas (fresh if you can or frozen thawed, rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. minced mixed fresh herbs (I used basil, oregano and flat leaf parsley)
1/4 tsp. salt

Place the vegetable broth and quinoa in a pot over medium heat and bring to boil.  Reduce heat, cover and let steam for 15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork.  Bring to room temperature and then place in the refrigerator to chill.  Blanch the sugar snap peas (and english peas if fresh) in boiling water for 2 minutes.  Run them under cold water to stop the cooking and allow to drain in a colander.  When they are dry cut the sugar snap peas in pieces on an angle.

Combine vinegar, oil, lemon juice, herbs and salt in a small bowl and whisk together.

To assemble the salad toss the veggies with the quinoa and dress with the vinaigrette.  Stir around to make sure everything is coated with the vinaigrette.

I hope you enjoy you spring and this salad!


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