One of my friends, Cherryl Mendis, is a chef and makes great recipes, so I asked her to send me a healthy salad that I could add to my routine. She sent me this delicious quinoa recipe.

Ingredients:
1/2 pound tri-color quinoa 
2 Persian cucumbers, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped (can omit or replace with sweet onion)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (can substitute black pepper) 
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon agave syrup

Instructions:
Cook quinoa as directed and set aside in a large bowl to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, mix gently, and serve at room-temperature or chill in the refrigerator and serve cold. 

If you really want to spice up this sweet and tangy salad, add half of a finely chopped, de-seeded jalapeno. This salad holds up well for three days.

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