Enjoy this delicious and light artichoke quinoa salad, its great as a side dish or as a main!
On those days when I don’t feel like making elaborate meals, my go to dishes are one bowl salads. Today was just one of those days, to prepare this artichoke quinoa salad, which is full of flavors in every bite. Add some chopped tomatoes, onion, artichoke hearts, garlic, parsley with olive oil and lemon. If you have an avocado that’s ripe, add some too. If you have never tried quinoa before, this would be a great salad to prepare. Quinoa is actually a seed that is high in protein. Quinoa is usually prepared like you would with other grains. It is gluten-free so it is a great alternative for those who are on a gluten-free lifestyle. Its best to rinse quinoa before cooking to remove its natural coating or saponin which can make it taste soapy or bitter.
For: 4 people
- Place quinoa in a fine meshed strainer and rinse under running water. Add quinoa and water in medium pot on medium high heat and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer, cover pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- In the meantime prepare vegetables and dressing. Remove quinoa from heat and fluff with a fork, transfer to a large serving bowl. Add prepared vegetables.
- To prepare dressing, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper in a small bowl and mix well. Drizzle dressing over quinoa salad and toss with a fork to combine.
- Delicious served at room temperature or chilled in refrigerator.
You can add extra ingredients such as avocado, baked tofu, cucumber, shredded carrots. Whatever your favorite veggies are and you will end up with a great salad.