Keen-wah, will you ever leave my teeth? Quinoa is simple one example of the abundance of protein found in a plant-based food. It’s a complete protein that’s actually a seed and not a grain, so if you have a hard time digesting grains, quinoa could be a great alternative for rice or couscous. Now if they’d only stop hiding between our teeth, am I right!?
Now with summer nearing and and BBQ season around the corner it’s about time to bring out the quinoa salads. This salad makes a perfect side dish to any food centred gathering, it’s light, fresh and simple.
We toast the quinoa to remove any bitterness because I personally am not a fan of washing it, those small seeds always end up going through the little draining holes, plus it adds a nice nutty taste to the quinoa.
This is one of those salads where you can play around with the ingredients. I used toasted sunflower and sesame seeds to add extra texture and nuttiness, but why not try adding some pine seeds or roasted almonds? Another ingredient I would add (if cooking for myself or other dragons) would be hot peppers, turning it into a fresh yet fiery dish. At the end of the day, this is your salad, so go wild, use your imagination and have fun with it!
Fresh Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cucumber
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 can black beans
- 1 cup corn
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- 1 spring onion
- 1 handful cilantro
- 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup toasted sun flower seeds
- Start by adding a splash of oil to a cooking pan/pot, add the quinoa and cook while stirring over medium/low heat until the quinoa starts to pop and smell nutty. When the quinoa turns light brown add the water or veggie stock, cover the pan or pot with a lid and let it simmer for about .... minutes. Once done fluff the quinoa with a fork and let it cool off.
- Add the cooled quinoa to a bowl and to this add all the ingredient and mix well. Enjoy!