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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Quinoa Carrot Cucumber Salad

I was not a fan of salad before. Never in million years thought I will make salad at home. But when hubby and daughter started showing interest in Salads, I was left with no options, except making them at home. Still am far away from making all those leafy salads, which may be I will try sometime (when they demand, may be). Recently we have announced Wednesday as "No Rice Day!" at home. So every Wednesday I have started making some kind of salad. Last week made this Quinoa Carrot Cucumber Salad for lunch along with baked Fish. I must say it was good and got nice remarks from hubby and daughter.
Quinoa as you all know, is very healthy - rich in protein and high in dietary fibre, quinoa is digested slowly, making it a good low Glycemic index diet. If interested to know more about Nutrition Secrets, click here.


What are the ingredients needed?

Cooked Quinoa, 2 cups
Carrot(chopped), 1 cup
Cucumber(chopped), 1 cup,
Olive oil, 1 Tbs
Mint(chopped) 2 Tbs
Pepper powder, 1/2 Tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice, from 1 lemon

How it is made?
  1. Prepare salad dressing by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper powder and mint leaves.
  2. Mix the cooked Quinoa, carrot and cucumber. Then Toss it with the salad dressing.
  3. Garnish with a mint leaves and it is ready to serve.


Note:
  • Quinoa has a bitter outer coating and has to be washed away before cooking. Most of the boxed quinoa, recommends a rinsing before cooking too. 
  • Quinoa can be cooked the same way as rice.  I pressure cooked it. The cooked grain has a tiny curl and it will have slight bite to it. 

30 comments:

  1. Healthy salad that plater is a perfect healthy lunch for me nice one

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  2. Perfectly cooked quinoa, they look like small pearls! Nice & healthy salad.

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  3. wow.. yummylicious.. looking awesome..

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  4. Believe it or not, i had the same combo from my workplace cafeteria. I asked the chef there what they used in the warm quinoa salad besides the veggie cause it was so tasty..they said they used chicken broth in it too. I had jotted it down to try it for later. Your post brings back the wonderful lunch I had last week. And the baked fish I had with the quinoa was "Basa".

    A fab combination if you ask me! Great post! Loving it.

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  5. I love salads and this looks great.

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  6. A very interesting and yummy looking salad there.You presented it so nicely..

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  7. A very interesting and yummy looking salad there.You presented it so nicely..

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  8. The salad is very common in our house. I'm a quinoa freak and would love to substitute that grain in anything.

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  9. Wat a super healthy and nutritious salad..

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  10. Nutritious and delicious salad. I've a quinoa salad coming up tomorrow on BM too.

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  11. Looks healthy , colorful and delicious

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  12. i can eat both the bowls..they look super tempting

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  13. photo looks awesome - such vibrant colors - nice healthy salad for summer

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  14. healthy and perfect combination..

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  15. wow. lovely and yummy quinoa salad.. delicious.

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  16. Looks nice and very healthy too

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  17. This looks so good, colourful and healthy too!!!!

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  18. Healthy salad preparation..Looks nice.

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  19. Fiber rich n nutritious salad, perfect for a meal too...looks colorful n yummy...
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  20. The pictures are so wonderful that its actually distracting me from the recipe!Lovely clicks :)

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  21. Love the salad with the contrasting orange and green colors.

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