Certainly! Here’s the recipe for a Delectable Veggie-Packed Quinoa Salad:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water or vegetable broth
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional, omit for a vegan version)
- 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and sliced (optional)
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds or chopped almonds (optional, for added crunch)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Rinse the quinoa thoroughly under cold running water to remove any bitterness. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and simmer the quinoa for about 15-20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. The quinoa is ready when it becomes fluffy and each grain has a tiny spiral tail.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the quinoa cool to room temperature.
- While the quinoa is cooling, prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your preference.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red and yellow bell peppers, finely chopped red onion, fresh parsley, and fresh mint.
- Pour the dressing over the quinoa and veggies, and toss everything together until the salad is well coated.
- If using, sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese and sliced black olives over the salad for added flavor and texture.
- For some extra crunch, top the Delectable Veggie-Packed Quinoa Salad with roasted sunflower seeds or chopped almonds.
- Serve the salad immediately or refrigerate it for about 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors meld together.
- This salad is perfect as a light and refreshing lunch or a side dish for dinner. It’s also great for picnics, potlucks, or any occasion when you want a healthy and flavorful dish.
Enjoy this nutrient-packed quinoa salad, brimming with fresh vegetables and a zesty dressing. It’s a wonderful way to incorporate more wholesome ingredients into your diet while indulging in delicious flavors!