Sunday, January 23, 2011
Amazing Quinoa Avocado Salad
Bring 4 c. water to a boil and add 2 c. quinoa. Cook according to the instructions on the quinoa package. While that is cooking, let's make the lemon vinagrette!
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 t. sea salt
2 t. freshly smashed garlic
-Mix all these together with a whisk, and slowly drizzle (as your still whisking):
1 c. extra virgin olive oil
-This should create a thicker, dressing-like liquid. It will taste pretty strong of citrus, but don't worry, you're pouring it over quite a bit of quinoa, and it's just the right amount!
-When the quinoa is done, pour half of the vinaigrette over it, and gently toss to coat. (Be sure not to mix it too much, or your quinoa will get mushy like rice does). Place in the refrigerator to cool down.
-Once quinoa is relatively cooled, add:
1 c. chopped cilantro (or more if you want!)
1 c. chopped grape tomatoes (again, if you want more, you can add more)
1 avocado, chopped (one more time, you can add more if you want)
the remaining vinaigrette
-Toss everything together and enjoy!
-The longer everything has to set in the vinaigrette, the better the flavor is...however, I didn't have the patience to wait, so I ate it right away and it was amazing!!
-Note: we also discussed adding chopped green onions and sliced black olives to this...so if you feel so inclined, that would jazz it up a bit...OR if you wanted it a little more hearty, you could add a can of rinsed black beans! Whatever you decide to do, you're going to love this, and I can 't even express to you in words how amazing this is!!! I can't wait to have it for lunch today!