Quinoa Pea Salad – A Protein Rich Meal in Under 15 Minutes
There are days when I could run on quinoa. Quinoa salad is easy to make and very versatile. I try a new combination almost every week. Quinoa is filling and a real power package, rich in protein and fiber. You will be happy to hear, that other then salad based on lettuce, quinoa salad can be stored in the fridge for several days and will taste even better, once that the dressing soaked in. There are so many fast and healthy recipes, this is one of my favourites!
Did you know, that Quinoa contains 8g of protein per cup?
Here are 10 more wonderful facts about Quinoa:
1. It’s super delicious.
No matter how ‘good for you’ a food is, I don’t include it in my diet unless it passes the taste test. Puffed quinoa won’t be starring on stonesoup anytime soon but the whole grains definitely make it. Slightly nutty and grainy, they’re something I could keep eating and eating.
2. It’s high in fiber!
And we all know fiber helps fill you up, can clean you out, and makes achieving weight loss goals a whole lot easier
3. It’s gluten free!
4. It needs washing before use!
The surface of quinoa contains a chemical called saponin that has a bitter soapy taste. Most commercial quinoa will already be washed and have the saponin removed but it’s a good idea to rinse it just before you use it in case there are residues.
5. It comes in different colours!
The most common is white, but there are also red and black.
6. It comes in different forms!
Just like corn, it can be puffed or rolled into flakes or you can buy it whole.
7. It is actually a seed not a grain!
8. It has a funny texture!
The thing I love about quinoa is it’s texture. Something a little like barley with its chewiness, it also has a light fluffiness akin to well prepared couscous.
9. Its becoming more readily available!
In lots of supermarkets it is already available in the ‘health food’ section. I am sure any health food store worth its lentils would either already stock quinoa or be able to source it for you.
10. Quinoa is grown in South America (Peru, Chile and Bolivia).
For thousands of years, quinoa formed the staple diet of the Incas and their descendants. In recent years, foodies in the UK and the US have heralded it as a superior alternative to bulgur wheat, couscous and rice. Though it often occupies a similar role to these grains in dishes, quinoa is actually in the same family as beets, chard and spinach.
So lets learn how to prepare a yummy quinoa dish!
I created a salad, that was inspired by a Café in Berlin named “Goodies”. I tried a similar salad combination and loved it so much, that I had to make my own version!
This quinoa salad is:
- rich in protein
- high in fiber
Quinoa Pea Salad Recipe
This is what you need:
For the salad:
300 g quinoa
1 can peas
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup scallion, diced
1/3 cup almonds, grated
For the dressing:
1/3 cup almond milk
2 tbsp olive oil
a tbsp lemon juice
salt, pepper, chilli
This is what you have to do:
- Wash quinoa with cold water, and boil for 10 min in salt water. Let cool down.
- Mix all ingredients for the dressing.
- Give quinoa and veggies in a bowl, add the almonds and the dressing, blend well.
- All set!! Enjoy right away or store in the fridge until the hunger calls!
Avocado and tomato instead of peas and almonds, dried tomato and pine nuts.
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