This Balsamic Quinoa Salad is an easy and healthy salad recipe.
I’ve been hearing so much about quinoa lately but I have to admit I’ve never had it. That is, until now. Quinoa is a seed-like whole grain that cooks just like rice.
It was first eaten by Incan warriors as their fuel for battle because it gave them such good energy and power. Quinoa is not only high in protein but is also:
- high in fiber
- high in nutrients such as folate, thiamin, riboflavin and iron
- a good source of essential fatty acids
- easy to digest
Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent food for celiac patients or other people following a gluten-free diet. It’s also an excellent food for vegetarians and vegans, or for anyone looking for healthy protein source. It’s high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper.
How’s that for a health lesson!? Sounds like a super food to me!
This was an extremely flavorful salad! The tang of the vinegar was perfectly balanced by the creamy blue cheese. It was a very filling dish — perfect for an easy quick lunch or hearty side dish.
If you are looking for an easy way to make quinoa, check out how I make quinoa in my rice cooker!
Balsamic Quinoa Salad
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup – ½ best quality extra virgin olive oil - depending on if you are watching calories
- 2 T Dijon mustard
- 6 cloves of garlic - minced
- 2 shallots - minced
- Salt - pepper and cayenne pepper, to taste
- 1 ½ cups quinoa
- 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
- 4 oz blue cheese
- 1 can black beans
- Make dressing by combining vinegar, mustard, garlic, shallots and olive oil; season to taste.
- Prepare quinoa according to package directions; allow to cool.
- Combine roasted red pepper and remaining ingredients with quinoa.
- Add dressing and toss.
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