Lemon Quinoa Salad

by Phoebe Green
Lemon Quinoa Salad

You’ve probably heard about the numerous health benefits of the “Gold of the Incas”. Quinoa (pronounced as keen-wa) is packed with protein, amino acids and essential nutrients. With every 1/2 cup serving of dry quinoa, you get about 11 grams of high-quality protein. Lots of protein but fewer calories! No wonder it has been a staple for every weight watcher. That’s why today I share a very simple lemon quinoa salad.

What I love about this lemon quinoa salad is its light, fluffy texture and delicious, nutty taste. It’s so versatile that you can have it any time of the day. The best part is you can add it to almost anything and everything. Having a meatless day will help cleanse your system, and what a better way to enjoy quinoa than making a salad out of it!

Lemon Quinoa Salad

Lemon Quinoa Salad

Phoebe GreenPhoebe Green
Quinoa is a staple food for health conscious folks. It's very versatile so anyone can enjoy it. Here's one good recipe to try, lemon quinoa salad.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 885 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 medium lemon zest
  • 1 medium lemon juice
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup tomatoes fresh, diced
  • ½ bunch scallions white and light green tops only, finely chopped
  • ½ cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cilantro fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1 pinch pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Saute onion and bell pepper in olive oil until cooked. Add garlic and heat until fragrant for about 30 seconds.
  • Add quinoa to the onion mixture and stir around and toast for about 2 minutes. Add water or chicken broth, a large pinch of salt and spices. Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Quinoa is done when it doubles in size, becomes slightly translucent, and spirals appear on each grain.
  • Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, scallions, almonds and fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 885kcalCarbohydrates: 131gProtein: 37gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 689mgPotassium: 1636mgFiber: 25gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 816IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 11mg
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