Quinoa Salad Four Ways

quinoa salads  Whether you’re packing lunch for work, school, or a long day of shopping, quinoa is one of your best bets. Sometimes thought of as a grain, quinoa is actually a complete-protein seed. It contains all nine essential amino acids (which our bodies can’t make and must acquire from food). It’s also very versatile; you can make dishes sweet or savory and it can be served at any meal of the day.

When cooking this complete protein, combine 1 part quinoa with 2 parts water (1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water). Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, and then simmer on low heat until all water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and serve. Always be sure to wash this seed well before use. Lastly, I like to make a big batch at the beginning of the week and store in the refrigerator to use throughout the week. Here are four of my favorite ways to eat this tasty seed.

cherryl quinoa Cherry Basil Quinoa

serves 2

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped cherries
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp agave (or honey if not vegan)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

curry quinoa with hummus Curry Quinoa with Hummus

serves 2

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1/4 cup hummus
  1. Combine quinoa through salt in a large bowl, mix well.
  2. Top with a scoop of hummus and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

blueberry cinnamon quinoa Blueberry Walnut Breakfast Quinoa

serves 2

  • 1.5 cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • juice from 1/2 of one lemon
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

tomatoe avocado quiona salad w Tomato Avocado Quinoa

serves 2

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • hot sauce to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

quinoa four ways