Quinoa Cucumber Salad



  • 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


Step 1

Bring the red quinoa, chili powder, and 1.25 cup of water to a boil in a small pan.

Step 2

Cover, reduce heat and simmer until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft.

Step 3

To make dressing: whisk together lime juice, cumin, and olive oil in a small bowl.

Step 4

Add quinoa to the dressing and toss to coat.

Step 5

Serve quinoa in a bowl and top with cilantro, cucumbers, tomato, sprouts and avocado.

Step 6

Salt and pepper to taste

Additional Information

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.

(source: http://food52.com/recipes/5046-quinoa-cucumber-salad)

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