Meatless May – Quinoa Superfood Salad

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, I find myself craving lots of fresh, light foods!  This is one of my favorite salad recipes, and it works well as both side item or a main dish.  Plus, this salad is packed with super nutritious foods – or superfoods!  Here are the top 3 superfoods in this recipes and why they are so super:

  1. Quinoa:  Pronounced “Keen-Wah” this whole grain is packed with amino acids and protein and it has a mild, almost nutty flavor.  Sprinkled in with all the veggies and other ingredients, quinoa provides a great base to this unique salad.
  2. Blueberries:  With berry season approaching you will be able to find more local blueberry options!  It’s a good thing too because this berry is the best, containing fiber, vitamin C and even fights cancer!  They add a lovely sweetness to this salad.
  3. Almonds:  As the most nutritiously dense nut, the almond packs a punch with fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium and iron.  They provide a little bit of crunch to this salad.

For even more superfood information, check here.

Quinoa Superfood Salad

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Ingredients / Nutrition Information:

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Dressing:

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • salt / pepper

Salad:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked accordingly
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup each of red and yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups arugula, chopped

Directions:

  • Cook the quinoa – set aside and let cool
  • Prep the dressing in a large bowl – pour in lemon, olive oil, salt / pepper and whisk everything together
  • Chop the veggies, add to the bowl and mix with dressing until evenly coated
  • Gently stir in almonds, blueberries and quinoa
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving and then enjoy!

Variations:

  • This is Meatless May, so I kept this dish vegetarian (and vegan and gluten free BTW!), but it also works great with some grilled chicken breast slices on top

Questions for you:  Do you have a favorite Superfood?  How do you pronounce Quinoa?

Cheers³

Reni

 

 

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