Quinoa Salad

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Found this quinoa salad recipe on Food Network and made minor modifications to fit our taste.  Has a lovely mildly tangy taste and fresh crunch texture.  It’s super healthy, with the protein-heavy quinoa and nutrient dense vegetables.  Makes fora great light side or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 6 c water
  • 2 c quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 Japanese cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 c mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 t black pepper

Instructions:

Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the quinoa, stir, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, over medium heat for 12 minutes. Strain and rinse well with cold water, shaking the sieve well to remove all moisture.

When dry, transfer the quinoa to a large bowl. Add the cucumbers, onion, tomato, parsley, mint, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and toss well. Spoon onto endive spears, top with avocado, and serve.

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