Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is actually a seed and not a grain.  It is considered a superfood for its amazing properties.  High in protein, low in carbs and containing all of the essential amino-acids – this is most definitely a grain to start getting familiar with!

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

 

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup white quinoa

1 cup water or vegetable broth

juice of two lemons

½ – 1 tsp. sea salt

¼ cup olive oil

4-5 scallions, finely sliced

3-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, small chop

1 cup persain cucumbers, small dice

1 handful parsley, minced

1 handful cilantro, minced

1 handful mint, minced (optional)

1/2 cup roasted and salted pepitas OR pine nuts

pinch black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Place the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly under water to remove any dirt and loosen bitter coating.   Next place it in a small sauce pan with 1 cup water or broth and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat but keep the lid on the quinoa for another 5 minutes to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.

In a small bowl place the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic and salt and pepper and combine with a whisk.

Mince, chop and dice all of the vegetables and place in a bowl with the pepitas or pine nuts

Take the quinoa and fluff it with a fork while removing it from the saucepan and placing it in a large bowl. Fold in all of the vegetables and herbs with the fork and then drizzle the dressing over all of it.

Taste to see if it needs more seasoning.



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