Monday, April 7, 2014

Quinoa salad

Quinoa is a seed, that has grown in popularity because of its high protein and nutritional value. It comes in different colours like white, black and red, though the white variety is more liked and easier to cook. Also the white quinoa has a nutty flavour and fluffs well after it is cooked. Quinoa can be prepared easily and takes only about 20 minutes of cooking time, you can have quinoa as salad , or have it like rice, you can use quinoa to prepare sweet dishes.
1 cup cooked quinoa has 8 gm protein and 5 gm fibre,also quinoa is good for lowering cholesterol and it is gluten free food. 

Ingredients 
1 cup quinoa uncooked
2 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tspn salt
1 tspn black pepper
2 tspn lemon juice freshly squeezed 
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped red onions
1 tsp
freshly chopped coriander leaves
1/4 cup yellow or white corn
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper 



Quinoa Salad 




 Method
1.Wash the Quinoa grains , to remove any little bitterness. Boil in a sauce pan with 2 cups water over low heat, with 1/2 tspn salt for about 20 minutes , till all water is soaked and quinoa is cooked. Cover for 5 minutes , and then using a fork lightly fluff the cooked quinoa. Keep aside.
2. In a separate bowl, prepare a dressing by mixing together, olive  oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and you can use secret ingredient, I like to use fat free  Italian vinaigrette, as it has vinegar and garlic that adds flavour , but if for some reason you don't use it its fine , just use some garlic powder instead and balsamic vinegar , 1 tspn , whisk together to make a dressing to pour over cooked quinoa.
3.In a serving bowl, add in quinoa, add all chopped vegetables and nuts, fruits, and pour the prepared dressing and mix together , garnish with cilantro leaves and serve as a refreshing salad. Its perfect for a family or for a having with friends at a get together. 


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