Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cucumber Quinoa Salad



Like most of the United States, it's been dreadfully hot here in the Midwest. On top of the heat, it hasn't rained in forever and the weather people are predicting no rain in the foreseeable future.  So much for our rain barrels.

The back of our house faces the southwest, so when afternoon hits the sun is blazing on the back of the house, heating it up like an oven. If we were more forward-thinking people, we would have solar panels installed. Needless to say, I hate turning on the oven. On the weekends, I make a big batch of quinoa so I can have cool, fresh salads all week long.

This is one of them and it takes like, uh, 3 minutes to make.

Cucumber Quinoa Salad


Ingredients:

1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
2 mini seedless cucumbers or 1/2 regular size, diced
Salt to taste

Directions:

Place the onions in a small bowl with the lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. (I really prefer this with apple cider vinegar, but others liked it with the lemon.)


Whisk in the oil.

In a separate bowl, mix together the quinoa and cucumbers. Pour the dressing over the mixture and season with salt.


A painless {heatless} yummy lunch.





Nutrition Information For Recipe: Calories 411; Total Fat 18g; Total Carb 55.3g; Fiber 5g; Sugars 3g; Protein 11g

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6 comments:

  1. I'm always up for new things to do with quinoa (still trying to convince the family that they like it). This sounds really cool and refreshing.

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    1. Now that sounds very familiar...the trying to convince the family they like something part...!

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  2. I'm always looking for new quinoa recipes too! And this look wonderful! Can't wait to try it out.

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    1. It's a super speedy one too if you precook some quinoa and store it in the fridge!

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  3. I love quinoa but never thought of precooking it. What a great idea for a fast lunch or dinner!

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    1. I just started doing it too. It doesn't get gummy or mushy so it's perfect!

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