Favourite Quinoa Salad Recipe
They have always eaten quite traditional and straightforward salads in my house, but since I started cooking, I have liked experimenting and trying new recipes.
I had the quinoa salad pending because I had never prepared it, nor had I tried it, and I am sure there will be a second time because it is so delicious.
Quinoa is very easy to prepare; in fact, it looks like rice. Once it is cold (you can let it cool to room temperature, or if you are in a hurry or are as impatient as I am, pour cold water on it), you can use your favourite ingredients and the dressing that you like the most.
I have put: corn, carrot, cherry tomatoes, black olives and avocado.
I have seasoned it with extra virgin olive oil, although it also has to be very rich with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar.
Also Read: 9 Best Vegan Salad Recipes
If you don’t like quinoa or it seems very expensive, you can use rice. The ideal is to eat brown rice because it is healthier and more nutritious, although I usually eat Basmati rice today.
It is essential to eat salads throughout the year, and when it is cold, some people find it challenging to do so.
Therefore, legume, rice, or quinoa salads are a great alternative; although it is essential to consume plenty of raw green leaves, they are full of nutrients, minerals and fibre.
The salad is also delicious without any dressing, and I have to try it with soy sauce because the truth is that I try to avoid the oil as much as possible.
I have discovered many very rich, light and healthy dressings that we can use instead of the typical vinaigrette that almost everyone uses.
It is more convenient for me to use frozen corn because I have it in the freezer, and I cook it in a moment in boiling water when I need it; also, canned corn usually has additives and is more processed.
To make the salad lighter, you can substitute the olives for capers. Do not be afraid of the fat in avocado; it is one of the healthiest you can consume, and it is also delicious, although Who must take it in moderation.
Years ago, when I was not yet vegan, I went to eat with a friend at a well-known fast-food restaurant chain. I ordered a salad because I was on a diet, and my friend ordered the typical hamburger and fries menu.
I was disappointed by comparing the nutritional information; there was less than 100 calories difference between my salad and their menu!
Now I realise that Who made it with unhealthy ingredients: Iceberg lettuce (it has a low nutritional value, the ideal is to consume another type of green leaves), chicken, cheese, croutons and a hypercaloric sauce.
I tell you this because many people believe that any salad can be healthy or light, but it is not.
Do not add ingredients of animal origin or highly refined or processed products, and try to keep the elements fresh as far as possible. Avoid packaged sauces and do not abuse fats, especially unhealthy ones.
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Quinoa salad is a very nutritious, healthy and light dish. It is a straightforward and simple recipe. You can add your favourite ingredients.
Author: Dace of Stoves Preparation: 5 mins Cooking: 15 mins Total: 20 mins Servings: 2 (1x), 4 (2x), 6 (3x) Category: Salad Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
- Wash the quinoa well before cooking to remove saponins (a bitter substance used to make soap).
- Cook the quinoa following the package directions. Let it cool or pour cold water on it.
- In a bowl, add the quinoa and the rest of the ingredients. Dress with extra virgin olive oil to taste.
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