Hmm, it seems this week I am into quick dishes, hope you don’t mind, but I have another one for you today.
This is my Cucumber and Tomato Quinoa Salad. I really enjoyed this salad. It’ so light, full of flavor and has two veggies that I think go hand in hand together, cucumber and tomato. I just love it! I made this for my Husband and I, but my Husband refused to eat, which is fine by me, more for me to eat! See Quinoa scares him. I didn’t know a grain can scare someone, but I guess it can. He says it looks like fish eggs and he can’t eat that. I asked him to try it but he refused. When I made my Spanish Quinoa a couple of months ago, he took the tiniest, tiniest bite ever and he said ick! I thought he was crazy, and I still do!!
Just about every Sunday I like to make a big batch of quinoa to use throughout the week. This may sound odd, but I like to sub it for my oatmeal in my breakfast parfait jar. It’s really good in it, you should try it! I decided since I already had it made, that adding some cucumbers and tomatoes to it with a little balsamic dressing would make for a tasty side dish. Boy was I right! The quinoa really absorbed the flavors of the dressing. Whats even better is that it tasted even fantastic the next day! I had it for lunch and I was so surprised how it never got soggy! The quinoa held up well. If you make this, you must make enough leftovers for the next day, I’m telling you that I think I liked it better on day two!
A light an simple quinoa salad made with cucumbers and tomatoes.
- 1 cup cucumber, diced small
- 1 cup tomato, diced small
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1 tbsp.parsley, fresh, sliced small
- 1 tbsp. basil, fresh, sliced small
- 1 tbsp. balsamic dressing (your favorite kind)
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a bowl add cucumber and tomato and gently stir in quinoa.
- Add basil and parsley and stir in balsamic dressing. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Calorie per serving: 123.8, Fat: 1.8, Sodium: 48, Potassium: 190, Carbs: 23.9, Fiber: 2.8, Sugar: 3.7, Protein: 4.5
For the Quinoa, I used Trader Joe’s Tri-color Quinoa. I thought the colors in it were pretty and it seemed a smidge more healthier then the plain. So glad I discovered quinoa this year because I really love it. It’s so healthy and there is so much you can make with it. I can’t wait to see what other things I can make with it. Do you have a quinoa recipe you want to share? If so post your link in the comment section below.
I’ll see you tomorrow, have a great day!