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Quinoa is one of my favourite grains – deliciously nutty and flavourful.  When I learned awhile back that it was also a complete protein, it gave me the perfect excuse to eat it more frequently.  My father has been travelling in Switzerland, and arrived home on Sunday.  For a special welcome home dinner, I decided to make stuffed tomatoes and peppers along with a summer quinoa salad.

I threw together a few vegetables, including the first yellow tomatoes of the season, and copious amounts of fresh herbs (straight from our herb garden!) and mixed it with quinoa.  Feel free to add more vegetables to your heart’s content. I dressed the salad with a tangy lemony vinaigrette that set off the quinoa beautifully.   My family’s only complaint was that I should have made more for leftovers!

Quinoa salad is perfectly cool and refreshing on a hot summer's eve

Quinoa Summer Salad

(serves 6-8)

Ingredients:

1 yellow and 1 red tomato, coarsely diced

A section of cucumber, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 can of corn, drained and rinsed

1/2 red pepper, minced

Handful of carrots, chopped

1/2 cup of a combination of coarsely chopped herbs such as parsley, basil, and chives

Olive oil

1 lemon

Small spoonful of Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to season

1 1/2 cups quinoa

2 1/2 cups broth

Directions:

Simmer the quinoa in the broth until cooked.  Set aside and allow to cool (or to cool quickly, rinse under cold water in fine sieve and allow to excess water to drain for a few minutes).

Add the chopped vegetables and herbs to a large salad bowl.  Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon together to form the dressing.  Season with salt and pepper.  Mix the quinoa with the vegetables and dressing.  Toss to coat quinoa evenly.  Delicious served chilled!

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