We’ve all heard it before: Quinoa is crazy healthy.
Still, here’s the thing. As inanely healthy as quinoa is, it’s not my favorite thing to eat. There, I said it. Try not to be mortally offended. And give me a chance to finish!
That said… there are ways of preparing quinoa that not only make eating it tolerable, but actually enjoyable.
This Garden-Fresh Lemon Quinoa Salad is a great example. It has a lot of great textures happening with the chewy quinoa, crunchy vegetables and soft white beans. Laced with the tangy flavor of lemon in an olive oil and garlic vinaigrette, this is not only an insanely healthy salad, it’s really yummy!
So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl or container and either whisk or shake until it’s emulsified.
Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably longer, before serving. It tastes better the longer the flavors have time to meld.
Serve for lunch, as a light dinner with some crusty bread or a leafy green salad, or as a side dish for a larger meal.
For more insanely healthy grain salads, visit Kimberly’s food blog, The Daring Gourmet.