Quinoa Salad and Cider Vinaigrette

By Jordan Miller;

Today we bring you a recipe (courtesy of Dreena Burton)  that is packed full of nutrients. Quinoa, an ancient Peruvian pseudo-grain, has been used for many centuries by the Inca and Mayan cultures of South America. As it was noted in our previous article, it is primarily known for its protein content, but it is also host to many beneficial micro-nutrients as well. We offer you this simple recipe in hopes of tickling your taste-buds and providing you with something that is rather simple to make. Not only does it taste good, it will give you plenty of protein and quality carbohydrates to keeping you running for several hours. We hope you enjoy it! Until next time, keep following your instincts. ~ with love.

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Quinoa Salad


3 cups (750 mL) cooked quinoa*, cooled
1 cup (250 mL) red bell peppers, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (125 mL) cucumber,  diced
1/4 cup (60 mL) green pistachios
1/4 cup (60 mL) hempseeds
3 Tbsp (45 mL) basil or parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
 1/2 tsp of turmeric
1/4 cup (60 mL) Cider Vinaigrette (recipe follows)


*Ensure that quinoa is cooked ahead of time. Simply take 1 cup of dried quinoa and 1 3/4 cups of water, add to saucepan and cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat, or until water has been absorbed.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Add cider vinaigrette ( recipe below) and mix well. Serve. Put remaining ingredients in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Information:

Each serving contains: 215 calories; 10 g protein; 7 g fat (0 g trans fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 5 g fibre; 87 mg sodium

Cider Vinaigrette

This tangy vinaigrette works exceptionally well with the quinoa recipe above. If you feel daring, you may also try it on some of your other favourite dishes.


1/4 cup (60 mL) apple cider vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 Tbsp (25 mL) pure , raw honey
1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil


With hand blender or in blender, purée all ingredients except oil. Continue blending and drizzle in oil. Season to taste with additional sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information:

Each 1/4 cup (60 mL) serving contains: 165 calories; 1 g protein; 17 g fat (0 g trans fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 0 g fibre; 450 mg sodium

Your question(s): What other ways do you eat quinoa? (post your comments below)


About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.


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