For a refreshing but hearty salad perfect for warmer weather and increased activity, try this quick lemon & garlic quinoa salad. Quinoa is a nutritious grain that originated in South America and is a yummy alternative to wheat. Try something new this summer, and include a Quick Lemon & Garlic Quinoa Salad!
Quick Lemon & Garlic Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 8 cups water
- Pinch of sea salt
- ½ cup carrots, chopped
- 1/3 cup parsley, minced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tamari or shoyu
Rinse quinoa with warm water and drain through a fine strainer. Place quinoa in 3-quart pan and dry-roast on low heat (about 5-8 minutes). Stir grains constantly until they begin to change color and give off a nutty aroma. Bring water to boil in a large pot. Add salt and toasted quinoa to boiling water. Boil for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and drain quinoa through a large strainer (in the same way you would prepare pasta).
Prepare dressing and place in a large bowl. Add carrots, seeds, and parsley. Add cooked quinoa and toss well. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Preparation time: 15-20 minutes/ Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Reprinted from Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents by Cynthia Lair, Sasquatch Books, 2008.