quinoa salad

quinoa salad – fuel for hours

by Michelle

quinoa salad

All my life, I’ve been ‘that skinny @#*XX’ that never gained weight. I could eat like a horse, which I did with great joy, and never gained an ounce. Then I hit forty. And slowly, ever so unnoticeably, each year I was just a little bit not as skinny…

quinoa salad

I’m not exactly a two ton Tess but my clothes are no longer roomy. I’m being silly but truth be told I feel better when I take up less room. I’ve decided to come up with some new lunches that will give me the energy I need to get through my work day without all the delicious fat. What can I say – I love mayonnaise, cheese, fries – lunch stuff…

quinoa salad

My first attempt with quinoa was last summer. We loved it stuffed in a pita pocket but today I want less carbs so I nixed the bread and served the salad straight on a plate. It was delicious but I wondered if it would carry me through a work shift. Happily, I can report that I lasted eight hours. You can’t ask for more than that!

quinoa salad

Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup water

Mix ingredients together in a medium-sized sauce pan then bring to a boil
Cover pot and reduce heat to minimum for 15 minutes
Remove pot from heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes – leave cover on pot
Fluff quinoa with a fork and allow to cool


1 ½ cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
½ fennel bulb, sliced thin
¼ red onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted in a skillet
8 large fresh basil leaves, sliced in strips


In a mason jar combine:

½ teaspoon sea salt
1 clove of garlic, pressed through garlic press
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Shake well

Place quinoa, veggies, nuts in a large bowl. Pour dressing over all and toss well.

Serve immediately or cover and chill until needed – 1 day

THE LOVE: You can easily play around with this recipe. Use whatever combination of raw vegetables that you like and experiment with your choice of herb. Just make sure that everything is really fresh!

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one year ago: jumbo shrimp with shaved fennel in spicy tomato cream

quinoa salad

Thanks for reading.