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Simple Quinoa Salad

quinoa saladQuinoa is a healthy gluten free grain that has all essential amino acids.  If you are not familiar with it, give it a try!  It cooks just like rice and you can even use a rice cooker.  This easy recipe has minimal ingredients and can be made for lunch, dinner or snack.  You can even save leftover plain quinoa for hot quinoa cereal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 carrots, chopped (other vegetable ideas are tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, roasted peppers, artichokes, green onions…)
  • 1/2 bunch arugula, chopped (or you can substitute spinach)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (other ideas are hempseeds, pumpkin seeds or pine nuts)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs tamari sauce (gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions:

Bring water and quinoa  to a boil, then turn to low and let cook until water is absorbed.  Meanwhile, combine the vegetables, sunflower seeds and dressing. Once quinoa is cooked and cooled, combine everything, add sea salt and pepper to taste, and serve chilled or at room temperature.

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