Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is the grain to be these days! It is a Super food with many health benefits.

 

 If you’re wondering why you should add Quinoa to your daily diet here are 7 reasons (facts courtesy of the   Mind Body Green website):

  • One of the most proetein Rich foods you can eat
  • Contains twice as much fiber as other grains
  • Contains Iron
  • Contains Lysine
  • Rich in Magnesium
  • High in (B2) Roboflavin
  • High content of Manganese (an antioxidant)

 If the health benefits aren’t enough reason, how about it tastes good

Here’s a  yummy Quinoa summer salad recipe for you.

I like the Near East brand of foods and recently tried their Quinoa with Rosemary and Olive Oil. I find this brand is easy to prepare and the semi cooked ingredients are all natural.  I also liked that it was flavored and thought it would make a great summer salad. I prepared the Quinoa blend (it’s combined with brown rice), let it cool and then basically took whatever I had in the fridge: cherry tomatoes; red onion; and black olives from the pantry.  I seasoned it with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.  Tossed them all together and let them sit overnight. It makes a great salad the next day. As much as I love my pasta and potatoes, I would substitute with this dish at my next BBQ or just on the dinner table. 

NOTE: If I had roasted peppers or an eggplant to roast, I would’ve added those ingredients as well.

So now you know why you should be eating this super whole grain food –  and you know there is a brand that turns out a great product – go ahead and give this recipe a try!

 Checkout the Near East website to see where you might be able to find this product.  I know Whole Foods carries it.

 Preparing the entire package should yield about 6  (1 cup) servings.

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Simple Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Yum
Quinoa and brown rice salad, with hints of rosemary, olive oil, red onions, olives, tomatoes, in a balsamic dressing.
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Recipes Salads, Side Dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 Box of Near East Quinoa with Rosemary and Olive Oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion dices
  • 1 small container of cherry tomaotes halved
  • 1/2 Can of Black Olives sliced
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
Recipes Salads, Side Dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 Box of Near East Quinoa with Rosemary and Olive Oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion dices
  • 1 small container of cherry tomaotes halved
  • 1/2 Can of Black Olives sliced
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
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Instructions
  1. Prepare the Quinoa according to the box
  2. Dice and slice the ingredients above
  3. Once cooked Quinoa is at room temperature, add the onion, olives, and tomatoes
  4. Mix together then drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil and add balsamic vinegar to taste
  5. Mix and let sit overnight.
Recipe Notes

Additional items to add:
Roasted Eggplant
Roasted Peppers