Aaaand all my life, I prayed for someone like you….And by you I think KC & Jojo meant this quinoa salad. I bet.
And Happy New Year to everyone around the world!
New Year always means new beginning – and so I begin with an amazing vegan quinoa salad to get rid of the toxins I’ve been storing in my body throughout the holidays.
I have hated on quinoa for quite a while. I think it was its undeniable fame that got me so jealous.
But can you judge me – I remember at some point quinoa was everywhere and everyone was loving it. More than McD. It all made me want to roll my eyes, punch the screen, punch the author of the recipe in the nuts and run like the wind.
I thought to myself – “Quinoa, you greedy bastard, you’re not getting a cent from me”.
It took years, a tasty soup and a few spoons of this salad (yes, I ate this salad with a spoon) for me to get over my jealousy and finally surrender to this fluffy yet crunchy nutritious Peruvian seducer.
Feeling like the happiest sellout right now. Totally worth it.
Health and Beauty Benefits
This salad has BEAUTY written all over it.
- high in collagen-building Vitamin C
- rejuvenating Vitamin A
- sun-protective Vitamin E
- toxin-cleaning fiber
- muscle building protein
- contains more iron than Ironman
And it’so freakin’ delicious.
You might think that’s exaggerating – it’s understating the goodness of this quinoa avocado salad.
Together these ingredients can fight evil around the globe. And your taste buds won’t have to suffer because this salad is light, delicious, satisfying, made in just about 10 minutes and once you make it – you’ll keep making it every single day because it also brings a dose of addiction along with health.
This incredible vegan quinoa salad, is not just gluten-free and vegan, it's detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. It's light, satisfying and perfect as lunch or dinner. It will make you want to eat more and more, that's why I am not sure with the serving size - it can be anywhere between 1-2-3 or 4.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 pepper green or red
- ½ cup olives
- 1 spring onion
- ½ cup tomatoes-chopped
- 1 avocado
- ½ cup arugula
- ½ cup parsley
- 7-8 leaves basil
- 1tsp vinegar
- ½ lemon – juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
- If you don't have cooked quinoa - cook it to label instructions and let cool for 30-60 min.
- Chop all vegetables small (tomatoes, avocados, onions, peppers, olives, arugula, parsley, basil).
- So small they'd be almost invisible.
- Place cooled quinoa and chopped vegetables in a big mixing bowl.
- Add lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and mix everything well together. Add salt to taste (a small pinch should be enough, since the olives are also salty).
- Store in an airtight BPA-free food container and for a healthy lunch - bring it to the office. It will be good if stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours - depending on how fresh your vegetables are.
gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free
Nutrition per serving (4 servings)
Total Fat 17.9g (27%) | Saturated Fat 3.1g (16%) | Trans Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 201mg (8%) | Potassium 619mg (18%) |
Total Carbohydrates 36.8g (12%) | Dietary Fiber 8.2g (33%) | Sugars 2.3g
Vitamin A 41% | Vitamin C 95% | Calcium 6% | Iron 20%
These here are some other quinoa and detox recipes that I’m sure will make you happy.
Light and super delicious quinoa and bean lettuce wraps. I hate anything that’s light and wrapped in lettuce. When you hear something like this usually it means – prepare to be mega hungry for the rest of your life. But these are a must try – you can eat as many of them as you want. They’re filled with quinoa and 2 delicious dips – avocado basil and a delicious bean dip. Recipe here.
Detox Quinoa And Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry. This is perfect for busy weeknights as it’s made in around 20 min and is super easy. You basically chop stuff and put them in a pan to stir. That’s it. Well the best things in life don’t take this much time because this dinner is not only delicious, but gluten-free and vegan and perfect if you’re doing a detox. And even if you’re not – a little daily detox didn’t hurt anyone. Recipe here.
A simple and quick quinoa sushi bowl, for everyone whose quinoa sushi just keeps falling apart. Whoever came up with the idea to put it all in a bowl and call it a thing is a real inventor and deserves my respect and jewelry. However I’m still figuring out what to use to eat this. Last time it was a spoon. Recipe here.
My other avocado quinoa salad – this time summer mode. With tomatoes, some feta cheese and cucumbers. Delicious and light.