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Quinoa Salad-Filled Tomatoes

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Quinoa Salad-Filled Tomatoes
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 5
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Get more protein than any other grain with rice-like quinoa. What a way to fill vine-ripened tomatoes!

Ingredients

Dressing

2
tablespoons white wine vinegar
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2
tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1
tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1
clove garlic, minced

Salad

3/4
cup uncooked quinoa
5
medium tomatoes
1/2
medium cucumber, chopped
1/4
cup chopped red onion
Leaf lettuce leaves

Directions

  • 1 In small nonmetal bowl, mix all dressing ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate.
  • 2 Rinse quinoa with cold water; drain well. In 2-quart saucepan, heat quinoa and 1 1/2 cups water to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well. Place in large bowl.
  • 3 Meanwhile, cut about 1/2-inch slice off top of each tomato. With grapefruit spoon or teaspoon, carefully hollow out each tomato, leaving shell of outer flesh intact. Chop tomato pulp; drain shells well.
  • 4 To cooled quinoa, add chopped tomato pulp, cucumber, onion and dressing; mix well.
  • 5 To serve, line serving plates with lettuce. Place tomato shells on lettuce. Spoon salad mixture into shells. If desired, garnish with fresh basil or chives.
Tips  

Qunioa (KEEN-wah), an ancient grain is indeed a whole grain. Eating at least 3 servings of whole grain daily may help reduce blood cholesterol.

When cooked, quinoa expands to 4 times its volume. Quinoa is lighter than rice, but it can be used in place of rice in both sweet and savory recipes.

To remove quinoa's bitter-tasting natural coating, rinse it thoroughly with cold water.

If large tomatoes are used, cut them in half and scoop out the pulp. Use half of a tomato for each serving.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
70
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
11%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
135mg
6%
Potassium
540mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
24g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
,
Sugars
6g
)
Protein
5g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
35%
35%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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