Best Quinoa Salad Recipe with Parsley and Herbs
Increase your protein and fiber intake with this quinoa salad recipe with parsley. This zesty quinoa salad is so easy to make, yet loaded with nutrients that a quinoa parsley combo can give you! Try this recipe today!
Tired of your usual salad?
Enjoy a different but exciting way to eat your salad by making a nice big bowl of quinoa salad!
Quinoa salad mixed with a bunch of tasty and healthy herbs such as parsley can turn this meal into a feast of flavor and aroma.
What’s more, quinoa is a very nutritious food that’s a good alternative to rice.
Let’s get to know more about quinoa, what’s good about it, and how to make the best quinoa salad recipe that your whole family will enjoy.
The Lowdown on Quinoa - Health Benefits and Cooking Suggestions
While it is commonly referred to as a grain, it is actually more similar to your leafy greens such as Swiss chard and spinach.
So yes, it’s a seed or a pseudo-cereal grain.
But no matter what quinoa is, one thing is for sure. It’s undeniably yummy and nutritious!
In fact, it’s considered as a source of complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids. Quinoa is also fiber-rich, and it also has iron, calcium, and other important vitamins and minerals your body needs.
How’s that for a powerhouse of a nutrient that a tiny seed has to offer??
Useful Tips for Cooking Quinoa
Cooking quinoa is actually very simple.
If you know how to cook rice, it’s absolutely a no-brainer to cook quinoa, too.
Simply add two parts water to one part quinoa in a saucepan or pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Let it simmer for a few minutes then cover with a lid.
Rice takes longer to cook than quinoa, so if you’re in a rush to have a healthy meal ready for you and your family, quinoa is the perfect quick dish to make. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook quinoa!
Plain quinoa is okay on its own but you would want to add some seasonings to it such as olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper to make it taste even better.
I also suggest that you add some chopped herbs to your quinoa as it not only adds to the flavor but also to the nutritive value of this dish.
In fact, I will share with you below how to make a nutritious and tasty quinoa salad with parsley that is so easy to make and loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and so much more!
It’s a great dish to serve for lunch or dinner, and it is also perfect for a Daniel fast by simply eliminating the honey and olive oil.
Either way, you will definitely enjoy this dish, so let’s get to it and make this delicious quinoa parsley salad today!
Quinoa Salad Recipe with Parsley and Fresh Herbs
Inspired by Cooking Light Annual Recipes
Serves 4-2/3 each
Quinoa and Parsley Salad
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 3/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
- 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/4 tbsp. salt
- 1/4 tbsp. black pepper
- 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seed kernels toasted
- Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Spoon into a bowl, fluff with a fork. Add parsley, celery, onions, and apricots.
- Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and black pepper.
- Add to quinoa mixture, and toss well.
- Top with pumpkin seed kernels and garnish with dried apricots.
- Serve and enjoy!
Hi, I’m Annette Reeder-
I’m a christian nutritionist. I love Jesus and want to see His people come to walk in the complete abundant life He provides, mind, body, spirit. I love to make healthy food as yummy as possible and then share it with you! I am on mission to keep you on mission.
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