Quinoa, of the white variety — how I wish I loved you more than I do.
You're healthy. And quick to cook. And pretty damn filling. Good good good!
But you're also pretty damn bland. With a less-than exciting texture. Booo booo.
Your cousin, red quinoa, now that's a different story (hubba hubba). It's hearty and nutty with a nice bite to its texture. But red quinoa isn't easy on the wallet, so I can't be cooking it up every week. Instead I keep coming back to you, insipid white quinoa.
But apparently if you add a ton of flavorful veggies and some lemony dressing to you you're delicious. And not the "you're-healthy-so-I'm-telling-myself-that-you're-delicious" delicious. The "honest-to-goodness-I-could-eat-you-every-day-for-lunch" delicious!
Which is exactly what I did! Make a big batch of the quinoa and pair it with some grilled chicken breasts and you've got yourself a healthy, flavorful, and filling meal.
Yours in giving white quinoa a second chance,
Quinoa Salad, adapated from Iowa Girl Eats
This salad keeps great all week long, so prep it on the weekend and have a healthy side dish or meal for days!
And want some more ideas for quinoa? Check out this watermelon and feta salad and this Moroccan butternut squash stew with quinoa.
3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked (or up to 1 cup for a more "quinoa-y" salad)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, or 1 bag of frozen corn, thawed
1/2 to 1 red, orange, or yellow pepper, diced
2-3 green onions, sliced (or you can substitute 1/4 cup red onion, chopped)
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 - 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons worth)
1-2 small garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
salt and pepper
6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- Cook quinoa according to package instructions. When it is completely cooled, add to a large bowl along with the rest of the salad ingredients.
- Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar and shake, shake, shake.
- Toss salad with vinaigrette.
- Serve immediately or allow to chill in the refrigerator.