Quinoa Salad with Citrus Cilantro Dressing
This nutty-flavored salad is high in carbs and protein.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1/4 cup diced cucumber
1/4 cup tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
3 coarsely chopped orange segments
2 tablespoons chopped celery
2 tablespoons Citrus Cilantro Dressing (see recipe below)
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
1. Rinse and drain the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer under running tap water until the water runs clear.
2. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the quinoa and cook for 15 minutes over medium-low heat or until all the water is absorbed.
3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the cucumber, tomato, orange segments, celery and dressing. Add the quinoa and toss to mix. Refrigerate until cold. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve chilled.
Citrus Cilantro Dressing
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or glass jar. Whisk or shake until mixed. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Nutrition score per serving (including dressing): 180 calories, 10% fat (2 g; g saturated), 76% carbs (34 g), 14% protein (6 g), 3 g fiber, 43 mg calcium, 4 mg iron, 46 mg sodium