Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Quinoa Berry Salad

It's been so hot here in Chicago these past few days. As much as I love cooking, I can't stand how hot it makes our little apartment when it's already 90 degrees outside!

So... here's an easy crisp salad with juicy strawberries and quinoa for protein! I topped my salad with Maple Grove Farms Strawberry Balsamic.


  • 1/2 cup dry, uncooked quinoa (can use red or white quinoa)
  • handful of toasted pine nuts, sliced almond, etc. (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups mixed greens (or any other salad mix)
  • 1/4 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 organic apple, sliced (optional)
  • dressing of your choice (I used strawberry balsamic)
  1. To cook quinoa: Measure out 1/2 cup quinoa and then rinse under water in a fine mesh strainer. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in small saucepan, add quinoa, simmer on low (covered) until all water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  2. If you haven't already toasted your pine nuts/almonds, do so now.
  3. Mix all your ingredients together in a big bowl, and drizzle with dressing!

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