Tart and Spicy Quinoa Salad

Tart and Spicy Quinoa Salad

Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a nutritious seed that is prepared like a grain. It is high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and can be substituted for rice in salad and soup recipes. It is a complete protein, meaning it provides all of the essential amino acids your body needs for growth and daily functions. As a vegetarian, I eat quinoa as one of my main protein sources. My husband, who is most definitely not a vegetarian, eats it because it tastes good!

I tend to make a big quinoa salad on the weekends and then box it into daily portions for lunch or dinner during the week. It stores well in the refrigerator and is a great grab-n-go meal.

Tart and Spicy Quinoa Salad

Granny smith apples, spicy jalapenos, sweet bell peppers and tangy quinoa create a flavorful salad!
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Servings 8
Calories 180 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tart apples such as Granny Smith
  • 3 Sweet Bell Peppers various colors
  • 3 Jalapeno peppers
  • 2 Cucumber, or 6 mini cucumbers
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 12oz bag Quinoa cooked and cooled
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil extra virgin
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Precook and chill the quinoa.
  • Preheat a grill or turn the oven to low broil
  • Wash and slice the jalepeno peppers lengthwise, removing the seeds. Place the jalepenos on the heat source, slightly charring the skin of the pepper. Cooking time 2-5 minutes dependent upon your heat source.
  • Remove the jalepenos, allow to cool, and dice into small pieces. Set aside.
  • Wash and dice the apples, bell peppers and cucumber and set aside.
  • Juice the 2 limes. It will make approximately 1/4 cup of liquid.
  • Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil with the lime juice, mixing well.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chilled quinoa, apples, peppers (bell and jalapeno), cucumbers and oil-lime mixture and stir well.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve alone or on a bed of mixed greens for extra nutrition.
Keyword quinoa

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