Amber — quinoa melange salad

Yesterday evening, while trying to fall asleep but failing miserably due to an over-crowding of seemingly insignificant thoughts, I came up with a great idea for a quinoa salad!  I have been wanting to incorporate quinoa into my diet for some time now, as it is the grain with the highest nutrient value, with especially high values of iron and protein!  This great salad idea was still on my mind this morning, so today, after an invigorating and intense workout at Curves, I felt motivated and inspired to do my grocery shopping on the way home rather than wait until tomorrow in order to try out the recipe.  I bought some yummy ingredients and invented this:

Quinoa Melange Salad (see picture above!)

— 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled

— 1/2 a can of pickled beats, chopped

— 1/2 a cup of artichoke hearts (in olive oil), chopped

—  1 large roma tomato, diced

—  1/2 an avocado, sliced small

—  2 large handfuls of cilantro, minced

—  2 large handful of baby spinach, chopped

— 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Mix all of the above together…then eat it!  So yummy.  Serves 6.

Here is the nutritional info via Spark Recipes calculated for a serving of 6 :

  • Calories: 203.1
  • Total Fat: 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 190.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 5.0 g

For my WW friends, this is a 4 point per serving salad. 🙂

FYI:  The best way to cook quinoa is with a 1:1.5 ratio of quinoa to water.  Soak it for 15 to 30 minutes first (just place in pot and put on the counter), then bring to a boil and simmer for 15 min.  Fluff with a fork and put it in the fridge to cool.  I just learned this today on a great website The Savvy Vegetarian.  Check it out!

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