I was looking for a light nutritious summer salad for tonight and this was the result.  Being a vegan, I love eating quinoa, with tons of protein, it is super good for you and delish!

6a012876272fb6970c0133f057c1cc970b-800wiQuinoa Summer Salad

Serves 4-6

What you’ll need:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water or veg. broth

a big pinch of salt

1/2 bell pepper (I used yellow today, but any color will work), diced small

a handful of grape tomatoes, sliced

a handful of fresh parsley, chopped

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. olive oil

a pinch of salt and pepper

arugula (optional)

What you’ll do:

In a pot, bring the water, quinoa and a pinch of salt to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.  Pour into a bowl and refrigerate.

For the dressing, in a bowl, whisk together the shallots, vinegar, oil and salt and pepper.

Take the quinoa out of the frig and toss with the dressing and all the veggies.  Serve alone or over a pile of baby arugula.

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