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Sunshine Quinoa Salad: A Burst of Seasonal Flavor!


Welcome to another delicious recipe from the kitchen of “Know Your Food”! Today, we’re bringing you a vibrant and nutritious dish that celebrates the flavors of the season. Our Sunshine Quinoa Salad is not only bursting with color but also packed with wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling energized and satisfied. Let’s dive into this delightful culinary journey!

Photo by Harish .P: https://www.pexels.com/photo/healthy-dish-with-quinoa-11115860/

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup bell peppers (mix of colors), diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or almonds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the vegetables. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, red onion, parsley, and basil.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey or maple syrup, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  4. Once the quinoa has cooled, add it to the bowl of vegetables. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine, ensuring that everything is evenly coated.
  5. If using, sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese and toasted pine nuts or almonds over the salad for an extra burst of flavor and texture.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve immediately as a light and refreshing main dish or as a side alongside grilled chicken, fish, or tofu. Enjoy the burst of seasonal flavors in every bite!

Here’s a nutritional breakdown for the Sunshine Quinoa Salad:

NutrientAmount per Serving (1 cup)
Calories220
Total Fat11g
– Saturated Fat2g
Cholesterol5mg
Sodium170mg
Total Carbohydrates26g
– Dietary Fiber4g
– Sugars5g
Protein6g

*Note: Nutritional values are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients used and serving sizes.


With its vibrant colors and fresh flavors, our Sunshine Quinoa Salad is the perfect dish to brighten up any meal. Packed with nutrient-rich ingredients and bursting with seasonal goodness, this salad not only tastes delicious but also nourishes your body from the inside out. So go ahead, whip up a batch of this wholesome salad and let the sunshine in! Until next time, remember to “Know Your Food” and eat well!

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