This is a really easy quinoa salad that is healthy and delicious. Quinoa is a well known super food, and is gluten-free. Even though it is technically a seed it is prepared like a grain. It is filled with flavonoids which are antioxidants that help with anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-depressant effects. It is also high in fiber which means it will keep you feeling full longer, help with your digestive track, help with weight loss, lower cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels. Quinoa is also high in protein and is high in minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc. This is a great salad that you can make this ahead of time and then place it in the refrigerator. You can eat it alone or add it to a meal on the side with a healthy protein such as salmon or chicken.
1 cup quinoa
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (also to taste)
1 garlic clove, minced
2/3 cup of onions
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Persian cucumbers, cut into small pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in halves
2/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
Bring quinoa, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
While your quinoa is cooking, mix lemon juice and garlic in a small bowl. Gradually add in olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Add cucumber, tomatoes, herbs, and onions to bowl with quinoa, toss together till it is coated with dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle remaining dressing.
Refrigerate and enjoy!