Quinoa Salad Recipe
We’ve been promising you guys a delicious quinoa salad recipe, so here it is! In case you’re not even sure what quinoa is, allow me to introduce you to one of nature’s most powerful superfoods!
Quinoa (keen-wah) is a unique food: it seems like a grain, but it’s really a seed; it can be made into flour, but it’s naturally gluten-free; it can be eaten many different ways, and it’s delicious either sweet or savory! It’s a very potent natural antioxidant, it prevents asthma in children, it works as an antibacterial and antiviral… and did I mention it’s delicious?!
Check out these quinoa health benefits:
- It’s incredibly nutritious, and has been included in healthy diets for centuries
- It contains quercetin and kaempferol, which have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant properties
- It’s much higher in fiber than most grains
- It is naturally gluten-free
- It’s very high in protein, and contains all 9 essential amino acids, which makes it a great choice for vegetarians or vegans
- It is low on the glycemic index (which means it helps keep your blood sugar from spiking), so it’s great for diabetics – and also everyone who would like to shed a few pounds!
- It’s high in several minerals that we all need & usually don’t get enough of, like magnesium
- It can improve your metabolic health, including lowering your blood sugar & triglyceride levels
- It ranks very high on the ORAC scale, meaning it’s a great antioxidant
- It has been known to reduce caloric intake, which helps lose weight
- There are tons of ways to include it in your diet – one of which we’re about to look at!
Quinoa Salad Recipe
Asparagus & Red Quinoa Salad
Rinsed, cooked red quinoa
Raw sliced asparagus
Salt & pepper
First, rinse the quinoa thoroughly (you don’t want to skip this step or it will turn out bitter tasting) and drain. Then bring about 4 cups of water to a boil, adding the quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, and cook on low for 25-35 minutes. Drain any excess water off (there may not be much because the quinoa really soaks it up).
Then toss the cooked red quinoa with some olive oil, a little lemon juice, sliced raw asparagus, sliced radishes, cilantro leaves, and toasted walnuts; and season with salt and pepper.
Quinoa Nutrition Carbs
Quinoa has carbs in it, but it’s such a nutrient-dense food that it’s a great choice, even if you’re eating a low-carb diet. Every diet has to contain some carbs in order to be healthy and well-balanced, and quinoa would be an optimum choice!
And just so you know, every item in this salad is crazy healthy for you. Cilantro has high antioxidant numbers, as do walnuts. Asparagus is nutrient-rich as well. In fact, anything from the fresh food area of your grocer is a great choice. Try different things, and let us know what you come up with, and what you loved (and what you didn’t!) – we’d love to hear how you’re creatively eating healthy!
There are so many delicious ways to fix this healthy pseudo-grain; this amazing quinoa salad recipe is just one. Check around on our site & you’ll find several more great quinoa recipes that will have your mouth watering and your body thanking you!