This quinoa and veggie salad has been a big hit with my kids, nieces and nephews. It’s really easy to make. You can use whatever vegetables you prefer, or that you have on hand.
Why Is Quinoa A Superfood?
Quinoa is a grain that provides “complete protein,” meaning that it contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of an organism. (source: Wikipedia)
Make It Ahead
I usually prepare the salad in the early afternoon and refrigerate it until an hour or so before dinnertime. Then, I take it out of the fridge to warm up to room temperature. This seems to enhance the flavors.
Bottled or Fresh
You can use a commercial balsamic dressing or make your own balsamic vinaigrette. To keep it healthy, try to avoid commercial dressing with added sugars.
Quinoa and Veggie Salad
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups sugar snap peas
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- ¼ cup white balsamic dressing
- Mix together quinoa, water, salt, and olive oil. Bring to boil, cover and simmer according to package directions.
- Cut broccoli into florets, and snap peas in half. Bring a medium saucepan filled with water to boil. Add vegetables and cook about 1 minute. Drain the veggies and place in a large serving bowl.
- Add cooked quinoa and toss to mix. Serve at room temperature, or chill until ready to serve.
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