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Healthy Recipe: Red Quinoa Salad

admin - September 30, 2014

red quinoa salad recipe

Hard to pronounce, easy to enjoy! Next time you plan on using starchy pastas in your next recipe, try substituting them for quinoa. Not only does this grain offer a delicious, light taste, the gluten-free food provides so many health benefits. We dare you not to indulge in this savory side!

Red Quinoa Salad

1 cup uncooked red quinoa

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced shallots

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups (1/2-inch) diced seeded tomato

1/2 cup (1/2-inch) diced seeded cucumber

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

2 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)

4 lemon wedges

The red quinoa makes this salad dish pop, but any color will do. This Mediterranean-style combination of vegetables and creamy feta cheese is what makes this dish so delectable. Hour and a half preparation seem like a lot for one person? Get the kids involved! With a child-safe knife, invite your kids to chop the vegetables and crumble the feta cheese as the finishing touch.

As you’ve surely heard or read in the news, quinoa is packed with heart-healthy benefits. The grain packs eight grams of protein and five grams of fiber per serving, coming to a total of only 222 calories! The year 2013 was even deemed “The International Year of Quinoa” since the food gained so much popularity from health-conscious people. Quinoa is naturally gluten free and has been known to increase antioxidants and nutrient values in any gluten-free diet.

If we haven’t convinced you enough that this dish is the perfect aid to a healthy eating lifestyle, this salad, when served as a main salad dish, measures up to only 260 calories! Enjoy a guilt-free dinner with friends, at your next family party, or keep it all to yourself (we won’t tell anyone!).

Consuming the proper amounts of protein and fiber is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more information of preventive health care, visit

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