Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Vegetable Quinoa Salad

This is an easy salad to throw together using the veggies listed below and a few pantry staples or you can swap the veggies for your taste and preference.  I love recipes like this that let me use up what I have on hand to make a quick substantial salad to use for the week.

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained, rinsed (you can sub black beans, pulled roasted chicken, sliced steak, or cooked shrimp)
  • 1 (6-oz.) bag baby spinach (approx. 2 cups)
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise, then quartered
  • 1 large English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 medium colored bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup. olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (approx. 2 lemons, juiced)
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  2.  Transfer warm quinoa to a large bowl. Add, chickpeas (or protein of choice), spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, avocado, onion, oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper (if desired); toss gently to blend.
  3. Serve warm or refrigerate and enjoy cold for a quick lunch or dinner.