Monday, January 28, 2013

Herbed Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

In the same week, I watched both Giada on the Food Network and M Loves M make delicious versions of almost the same quinoa salads. It was like the universe was telling me that my bod needed quinoa, so I made it. I combined Giada's herbed version and M Loves M's Mediterranean version and the results we de-li-cious. Anddd, I'm pretty sure I could feel my muscles growing, cholesterol dropping and calories burning while I was eating it. Oh the superfood power of quinoa.

Herbed Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
makes 4 servings


1 1/2 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tomatoes
1 english cucumber
1/4 red onion, chopped
3 olives, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese

1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup fresh, chopped parsley
1/2 cup fresh, chopped basil
2 tbs fresh, chopped thyme
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon


In a saucepan, bring the chicken broth, lemon juice and quinoa to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Transfer to a bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together. Add to the quinoa and toss to coat. Add tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives and feta. Toss again. Serve and enjoy!


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