Have you ever just yearned for some clean, tasty, healthy salad? I'll be honest- if I go out to eat, the salad section is not what my hungry eyes are drawn to. I'm not anti-greens, but I feel that I might end up sacrificing some flavor if I went with anwith the standard dressings most places seem to offer- ranch, Italian, blah blah.
Since being in Hawaii for the past two weeks, I'm pretty sure it was me who was responsible for slowing the plane down coming home. My stomach seems to be a smidgebigger (oops), but I'm determined to fix that! Just before I took that trip, I attendedwhich was a fantastic weekend of sharing time and being with like-minded people who offered up advice and inspiration more than any book ever could. I'd love to have added some beautiful& scenic pictures of where it was held, but someone, (okay, me) forgot to replace the battery in my camera. Bonehead- much!
Whole Foods Market was one of the many awesome sponsors, and they provided a lunch that was outstanding. They introduced many grains which could be mixed with proteins, tofu or tempeh with some fantastic dressings. Looking back on that lunch I was inspired to create this quinoa salad.Salads don't have to be just greens.
They can be if you like, but I think there's oodles more flavor from the grains. They feel more like a substantial meal, easy to cook and are great for fridge clean-ups! Quinoa is a powerhouse protein, contains no gluten, is super low in fat and easy to cook. It's like a blank canvas waiting for you to add herbs, vegetables, fish or chicken maing the best quinoa salad you've ever tasted.
I'll be experimenting with lots more tasty grains...let me know your favorites!