Quinoa Spring & Summer Salad (Gluten Free)

20 mins (prep 20)
14 ingredients
6 servings
Found this in Alive's July 2010 magazine. They called it a spring salad, but it screams summer to me when I can (hopefully) pick fresh cukes, peas, peppers and onions from the garden or local farmers market. I'm always looking for ways to use quinoa, have tried this using red quinoa for something different. It worked well except that I find the red quinoa is easy to overcook, so keep an eye on it. Pair this with Simple Cider Vinaigrette, or another simple dressing. This calls for 3 cups of cooked quinoa, which is easily done, I use Jubes' Basic Quinoa. Be sure to rinse your quinoa really well to remove its bitter outer layer. It makes a pretty big bowl full which I think would serve 8 easily as a side dish. I found that the dressing more or less disappears if you leave it too long so I suggest not tossing it until you're ready to eat. And if you're only using half the batch, just toss half. The quinoa part keeps well but after a day in the fridge I could barely detect the dressing.

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Serving Size (107.14 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 118.14 Calories from Fat 67.95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.55g 69.7%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 20.9%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 5.7mg 1.43%
Total Carbohydrate 9.72g 19.44%
Dietary Fiber 3.85 g 92.3%
Sugars 4.29 g %
Protein 4.64g 55.71%
Vitamin A 1763.6IU% Vitamin C 58.07mg%
Calcium 51.38mg% Iron 1.11mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
cooked quinoa, fresh parsley