Simple Quinoa Salad

I have discovered an entirely new appreciation for quinoa, a healthy grain that is high in protein. Quinoa is superior to that of many other grains because it contains all the essential amino acids. Quinoa is a very easy to cook as it  cooks in just 15 minutes, and can be used in salads, soups, or even as a side grain dish. What I like best about quinoa is that it has only a subtle nutty flavor and takes on the flavor of other ingredients you may add to it. For this salad, I kept it simple adding just tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and fresh mint, and then I dressed the salad with a light lemon vinaigrette. This salad also keeps really well, so is a great healthy lunch option for those that pack a lunch.

Although I kept this salad simple, you could give it a Greek flair by adding in some chopped black olives, and crumbled feta cheese, or an Italian flavor by replacing the mint with basil and adding chopped artichoke hearts and cubes of fresh mozzarella. I garnished my salad with a few slices of avocado, but a nice grilled chicken breast would be another option creating a complete meal.

Why Healthy

  • Quinoa has a protein content that is superior to that of most grains, and is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair. It’s also a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and it has a high iron content.
  • Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, iron, and fiber.

 

Print

Quinoa is a high protein grain that works as a blank canvas for salads.

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

2 Cups Cooked Quinoa
1 Cup Chopped Cherry Tomatoes
1 Medium Cucumber, Peeled & Chopped
5 Green Onions, Chopped
5 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Mint
Dressing:
Juice of 1 Lemon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Toss all the ingredients except those for the dressing together in a bowl.
Add the lemon juice, salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Toss, taste, and adjust seasonings and oil as needed.

 

40 Responses to “Quinoa Revolution Review & Giveaway”

  1. G. Tessner — January 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    The quinoa salad with cauliflower, chickpeas and mushrooms was a big hit!

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  2. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Yum!! We have added quinoa this year too and would love the cookbook!

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  3. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago. I am hooked…very versatile.

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  4. monica cesarato — January 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I actually ate it few times but never got round to cook it, so this book would be a great help! Ciao from Venice!

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  5. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    I’m following you on pinterest.

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  6. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    My family is trying to eat less meat this year, this cookbook looks like a big help.

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  7. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m TRYING to use more quinoa so a book like this would be VERY helpful!

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  8. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’ve re-tweeted this!

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  9. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m followong you on Pinterest now!

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  10. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    and now we’re FB friends too!

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  11. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    If quinoa is so great, I really need to find a recipe that works for me. I’ve tried it once an didn’t really like it.

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  12. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve completed step 2.

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  13. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I’ve completed step 3.

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  14. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Following you on facebook and pintrest~

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  15. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa, but I always make the same few recipes with it. I’d love this cookbook so that I can expand my use of quinoa.

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  16. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  17. linda — January 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    The perfect grain high in protein and tastes great. I’d love the cookbook so I can continue on my healthy eating journey and help my friends do the same, while enjoying every bite.
    Linda

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  18. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I Love Quinoa, I would love to win this cookbook to find great recipes to help me use it more & keep us healthy!!!

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  19. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    Tweeted: Helen Crosson ‏@CrossonHelen

    Enter to win a copy of Quinoa Revolution @ Recipe Rebuild http://reciperebuild.com/recipes/nutrition-nuggets/quinoa-revolution-review-giveaway/

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  20. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:58 pm
  21. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  22. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    We’ve been eating Quinoa for years. Love it! Some new recipes for preparing it would be wonderful. Thank you.

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  23. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  24. Carolyn — January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    We eat quinoa here in our house but it’s always hard to come up with new and interesting recipes my kids will eat too. Would love the cookbook! I already am part of your Facebook page but i don’t follow Twitter. I’ll try “Pinterest” next.

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  25. Cory Moorhead — January 9, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Our son made a dish using quinoa while he was visiting over Christmas and left us with a big bagful. A cookbook full of quinoa reccipes would be wonderful, plus a dictionary on how to pronounce the word. lol

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  26. Julie in Redmond — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would love to learn how to incorporate quinoa into my family’s diet. I’ve been cooking with more “ancient” grains like farro and kamut, but I haven’t tackled quinoa yet.

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  27. Rosetta from Elmwood Park — January 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s all about the health benefits of eating more complex carbs and staying away from white processed flour! Would love this cookbook!!!

    Thanks for this contest…

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  28. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve loved quinoa since before it was trendy! This cookbook would give new life to this ancient grain!!

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  29. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m already following you on Pinterest! :)

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  30. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!

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  31. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve tweeted about you and the contest!

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  32. Imacolata — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Have used quinoa a couple of times and would like the book for recipes to use it more. (Have completed step 3)

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  33. Julie in Redmond — January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    I’ve liked” Recipe Rebuild on Facebook.

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  34. Sandy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I have just recently discovered quinoa and due to health issues, I’m looking for new and interesting recipes with quinoa. Thank- you!

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  35. Danielle K — January 12, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I’d love this cookbook because I love quinoa but want to try new ways to cook it…I always use the same few recipes with it.

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  36. Kelly B — January 12, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I recently made quinoa for the first time after having a taste my neighbor made for a party. It had a greek salad flavor, complete with feta, chopped cucumbers and tomato and rainbow quinoa. The clincher was her homemade basil and sundried tomato honey! What a flavor explosion and it made me a quinoa fan.

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  37. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi.. I did #2

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  38. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    me again.. i did #3

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  39. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    And I would like to win this book because I a quinoa freak and I always need a recipe to follow..otherwise I’m lost..thanks

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  40. AdriBarr — January 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Because I love Quinoa! I’ve cooked with it for years – old hippies never die you know. We just discover cool heirloom, ancient or foreign grains and rices.

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