Quinoa Cucumber Salad2013-05-10
- 0.5 cups red quinoa
- 1 English (seedless) cucumber - chopped
- 1 Haas avocado - diced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 cup alfalfa sprouts (or other sprouts like sunflower)
- 2 Roma tomatoes - chopped
- 0.25 teaspoons cumin
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- to taste salt & pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 0.25 cups chopped fresh cilantro
- 1.25 cups water
Bring the red quinoa, chili powder, and 1.25 cup of water to a boil in a small pan.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft.
To make dressing: whisk together lime juice, cumin, and olive oil in a small bowl.
Add quinoa to the dressing and toss to coat.
Serve quinoa in a bowl and top with cilantro, cucumbers, tomato, sprouts and avocado.
Salt and pepper to taste
Small, round, and a good source of protein, iron, and fiber, quinoa is a quick and flavorful way to get in a serving of whole grains. About the size of pellets of couscous, quinoa cooks in about 20 minutes. The only special handling required with quinoa is to give it a good rinse before cooking; otherwise, the grains can be bitter.