Friday, February 18, 2011

Warm Quinoa Salad Bowl

It may seem strange to mix warm cooked grains with salad greens, but this is delicious and nutritious. The warmth of the grain seems to allow for less oil in the dressing. I threw it together for lunch the other day and thought others may enjoy it as well.

If you have never tried or cooked quinoa you MUST try some ASAP. It has the highest protein content of any grain, and is in fact a complete protein (yep, just like meat).

Serves 2

1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions (cooks up to about 1 1/2 cups cooked)
3 cups mixed salad greens, rinsed and chopped coarsely
2 TBSP minced green onion
2 TBSP slivered or chopped almonds
2 TBSP raisins
2 1/2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 tsp each olive oil and flaxseed oil (or just olive oil)

Equally divide warm cooked quinoa in 2 bowls. Sprinkle the green onion, almonds and raisins over the quinoa and top with salad greens. Drizzle vinegar and oil(s) evenly over each bowl. Toss well to mix and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste.

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