Gluten Free Southwestern Quinoa Salad


Gluten Free Southwestern Quinoa Salad -

Quinoa has a high-protein content, which makes it a great cholesterol-free and low-fat source of protein. According to the USDA nutrient database, 1 cup of cooked quinoa (185 g) contains 8.14 grams of protein. To put that in reference, the recommended daily protein intake is about 56 grams for most men and 46 for most women.  Quinoa is also a great source of iron and fiber and is considered a superfood for at least a few millennia — in fact, the Incas cherished it as a superfood of their own.

So why can’t I get my family to embrace this seed?  Believe me I am trying hard, but hubbie eats it as if I am standing over him with a knife.  Eldest daughter takes a mouthful, smiles at me and tell me it’s not her favorite (she has quickly learned to let me down gently).  Littlest daughter practically cries before she’s even tried it.

The silver lining….I enjoy it, so I am still posting it.  However I am asking all of you for help.  If you have a great quinoa recipe that you feel could win my family over, please send me a link.  I am just not quite ready to give up on this Superfood!

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup organic tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 can of Organic black beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup organic orange pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of organic cilantro
  • 1/2 organic avocado
  • 1/4 cup organic corn

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup organic olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: to add white vinegar or champagne vinegar to taste

4 thoughts on “Gluten Free Southwestern Quinoa Salad

    • I’m eating as leftovers right now…and I think it’s even better the next day. I just drizzled some balsamic vinegar on top (I LOVE vinegar). If only the rest of the troops would eat the damn seed. Do you all eat it? Any good recipes?

    • I think I just need to find a great quinoa recipe….still searching.

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