Sunday, August 12, 2007

Quinoa Salad ..... This grain has a very high protein content and is sought for it health benefits.

Quinoa Salad
I have a neighbor who told me about this grain and how delicious it is. Then I searched for more information and learned that it is such a great source of protein, B vitamins and minerals and omega 3 oil. I was able to purchase the grain at Whole Foods. This salad also contains edamame which if you have never eaten them they are a type of soybean touted as a source of protein as well as used for natural estrogen replacement for women in mid life. Makes 1 serving
1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup shelled edamame
1/8 cup sliced onion ( I use green onions)
1/8 cup dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
White Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Pinch sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
Cook quinoa (same way as oatmeal), cool and toss with red pepper, edamame, onion, and dried cranberries.
For white wine vinaigrette dressing, whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and sugar. Mix 2 Tablespoons dressing or more to taste into salad and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds.

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