Quinoa Salad with Cilantro, Tomato, & Cucumber

Quinoa Salad Cilantro, Tomato, Cucumber

I’m always in the search for healthy and super quick weekday meals. This quinoa salad with cilantro, tomato, & cucumber makes the cut with flying colours!

My body loves cooked food though I would like to eat more raw food. I have friends who are on the raw food thang and swear by it! According to WebMD, “You’ll also get nutritional perks (from the raw food diet). Most of what you eat are plant based foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals. And it’s true that cooking can zap some water soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C. Eating lots of veggies and fruits is good for you.”

Anywho, quinoa salad with cilantro, tomato, & cucumber is my regular raw-food-ish kind of meal. Though I cook the quinoa, I leave all the other veggies fresh. It’s the perfect balanced of cooked and raw which makes is so delicious.

This meal probably takes a total of 20 minutes to make and start eating, including cooking the quinoa! Feel free to adjust the vegetables to whatever you have available. Basically the combination of garlic and lemon can make anything taste zesty and yummy 🙂

This recipe makes enough for 2 hungry people or 4 if you’re using as a side. For the two of us, it usually makes enough for leftovers for lunch the next day as well 😉

Serves:  2-4

Ingredients for Quinoa Salad with Cilantro, Tomato, & Cucumber

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can chickpeas or black beans, or any other bean you fancy! (or one cup beans soaked and cooked)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby tomatoes, halved (optional if avoiding nightshades)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/4 cup feta crumbled, optional
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, optional
  • 1-2 lemons juiced (to taste)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions for Quinoa Salad with Cilantro, Tomato, & Cucumber

  • Throw all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! It’s that easy (and super delicious)!
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Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash…sigh…it’s recipes like these that make fall even sweeter. 🙂

I love walking down the street on a beautiful fall day, picking up my fruits and veggies and bringing them home to cook. This was one of those wonderful days.

I had a friend come over and wanted to try something new. I bought butternut squash and had no idea what to do with it. I was thinking about making squash spaghetti but go lazy. 😛 I still wanted to use the squash but wanted an easy, warm and yummy dish. Quinoa is always a good and quick option. It takes me about 10 minutes to make (I have a pressure cooker) and is so versatile that it goes with just about anything.

In the end, I decided to make a warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash.

The result: amazing!

Ingredients for Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 squash (I used acorn, but you can choose your fancy)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1.5 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (or any other bean)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp each olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds (or any other nut), chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • fresh chopped mint for garnish
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions for Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

  1.  Preheat oven to 400F.
  2.  Cut squash in half, remove seeds and bake for about 25 minutes.
  3. Wash and cook quinoa in veggie broth
  4. Add all ingredients to the cooked quinoa and toss together
  5. Place quinoa mixture into the squash “bowl”
  6.  Enjoy with your favourite side of greens

For a video of another acorn squash recipe (which is also pretty entertaining), this out.

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