I'm cheating a little this week and didn't take pictures of this salad because there are already beautiful pictures of this recipe on the web. I was introduced to this salad by a friend of mine (Olivia) and it has become all the rave with our weight loss group! It is yummy!
The star of this show is the superfood Quinoa, the seed of a green leafy plant that is still cultivated in South America.
Most grains contain an incomplete source of protein (you need to pair them with another food to make the complete protein). Unlike most grains however, quinoa provides the full spectrum of nine essential amino acids.
1/2 cup of quinoa will give you around 127 calories, 2 grams of fat, 23.4 grams of carbohydrates (2 of those being fiber), and 4.5 grams of protein.
Quinoa is also... excellent for a vegetarian diet, high in fiber, gluten-free and easy to digest, easy to prepare, and has a low glycemic index (rates food based on how much they make your blood sugar rise) compared to other whole grains.
And, if you’ve ever tasted quinoa, you know it’s delicious. And one more thing...you can find it in most grocery stores along side the rice. I even found it at Walmart!
The website Our Best Bites has step-by-step directions for this recipe. Go there to discover Quinoa! You can serve this salad with gluten-free Tostido chips, on top of chicken or fish, or as a side dish.