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Quinoa Salad

This gluten free, complete protein grain is super popular for vegetarians and carnivores alike! As a complete protein it provides all nine essential amino acids necessary for good health. It’s a native of Bolivia and a relative of Swiss chard, spinach and beets. Who knew?! Some studies show a decreased risk of inflammation related problems, including obesity, when eaten daily. Enjoy!

This recipe for Quinoa Salad is a wonderful side dish for all or a vegetarian main dish. (makes 5+ servings).

Quinoa Salad


  • Vegetable Broth 1 quart
  • Quinoa 2 cups
  • Bay Leaf 1 each
  • Tumeric ½ tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Pepper ½ tsp
  • Olive Oil 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon Zest 1 tsp
  • Tomato (diced) ½ cup
  • Red Onion (diced) ½ cup
  • Raisins ½ cup


  • Olive Oil 2 Tbsp
  • Rice Wine Vinegar 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon Zest 1 Tbsp
    • Prep and Presentation

      • Rinse and drain quinoa
      • Combine vegetable broth, quinoa bay leaf, turmeric, salt, pepper, lemon zest and olive oil in a saucepan.
      • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender. About 20-25 minutes.
      • Once tender, remove from heat and drain if necessary. Spread out on a plate to cool the grain.
      • In a bowl add cool quinoa, tomato, red onion and raisins.
      • Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour into bowl. Mix and let chill for 2 hours.

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