Quinoa Summer Salad Recipe
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Jul 9 2013

Quinoa Summer Salad Recipe

Did you know quinoa is an edible seed related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds?  I didn’t until doing some research for this post.  Alter Eco recently sent us some Organic Royal Rainbow Quinoa to sample.

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More about Alter Eco quinoa:

Alter Eco quinoa is 100% fair trade, organic and non-GMO. The products are also Carbon Neutral certified, which means they have measured and compensated for the carbon emissions of every step in the supply chain.  With 4 varieties of quinoa – Royal Pearl, Royal Black, Royal Rainbow, and Royal Red – there is a texture and flavor to compliment any dish!  In addition to the health benefits of quinoa as an excellent source of protein, iron, magnesium, and fiber, Alter Eco has an unwavering commitment to the environment. As a “values based brand”, they are dedicated to the small farmers and their families who grow their products by making sure all of their growers receive fair wages with good working conditions.

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I used the Royal Rainbow quinoa as part of a Chicken and Zucchini Stir-Fry that was tasty both warm and cold. 

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Check out this salad with the Royal Rainbow quinoa as the star.

Quinoa Summer Salad

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups Alter Eco Rainbow Quinoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 cup tightly packed basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1/2 cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 or 2 lemons)

PREPARATION

Rinse Quinoa thoroughly in cool water and drain.

In a medium saucepan combine quinoa, salt and 3 cups water. Bring to boil over high heat.
Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add corn, cover and cook until water is
absorbed.

Let cool, then transfer mixture to large serving bowl. Toss well with fork, fluffing
quinoa. Add basil, peppers and onion. Stir in oil and enough lemon juice to give salad a
distinct lemony edge. Adjust seasons to taste.

Alter Eco quinoa can be purchased across the US at Whole Foods Market locations or online

Have you tried quinoa?  Do you like it?  Bonus tip:  Cook quinoa in broth or canned coconut milk to add flavor and depth to your dish. 

*The quinoa mentioned in this blog post was sent to us free of charge for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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