Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Greek Quinoa Salad




Quinoa is a very healthy food; high in protein with a low glycemic index it has a mild, nutty flavour.  Organic quinoa is becoming very popular, seek out a local store to try it or, purchase it through an online merchant such as Amazon.com, for example, truRoots Organic Quinoa is very high in quality and pre-washed.  
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. Knorr tomato bouillon, optional but recommended!
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup black olives (or sub kalamata olives)
  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
 
Dressing
  • 1/4 + 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste preference
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly wash your quinoa and follow package directions to cook the quinoa. Add the tomato bouillon when the water starts to boil.
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and slice the black olives either in half or in slices.
  3. Peel the cucumber in stripes, deseed if desired (I didn’t), and chop into small pieces.
  4. Remove the avocado skins and pit and chop into small pieces.
  5. Combine the cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, and avocado in a medium sized bowl and lightly stir together.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and minced garlic Whisk in the salt and pepper.
  7. While you are continuing to whisk, slowly add in the olive oil.
  8. Pour the dressing over the cooked quinoa that has been cooled.
  9. Toss the rest of the vegetables in with the quinoa and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors marinate together,
  10. When ready to serve, top the salad with crumbled feta cheese

Source: Greek Quinoa Salad
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