Summertime Salad

Summertime Salad

Summer arrived ………with a BANG. Finally….uh-oh! Nothing like a 15 degree temperature rise! This QUICK and oh so perfect salad was one I will be making a lot this summer and most likely right into winter. It took no time at all, especially if you make the quinoa ahead of time (early in the morning) and have cold by the time you throw in your fresh veggies and herbs. I can not sing the praises enough of this incredible protein. It is so darn cute too! Who’d of thought!

Please treat yourself to this incredibly simple, nutritious and delicious meal.

QUINOA SALAD

1 cup quinao

2 cup cucumber

1/2 bell pepper

2 cups cherry tomatoes

Summertime Salad

Summertime Salad

1/2 cups chopped red onion

4 T white balsamic vinegar

4 T olive oil

fresh lemon thyme

salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the quinoa ahead of time. Mix ingredients. Dive in! So simple. So good for you. (Note: I cooked the quinoa as I was preparing the salad. So it was slightly warm and full of moisture when mixing. IF you make in advance make sure your liquids are modified. At room temperature and just cooked it retains a lot more water! Big difference than when refrigerated)

I had planted some fresh herbs and the lemon thyme was magical. Yes, I did say magical. Nothing like home grown too! No hard fast rules on this salad. You can spice up more or less and add whatever veggies and herbs you prefer. The quinoa is a great foundation! It is so darn cute and curly too!! A protein that makes you giggly! OK….I’m done! Enjoy!

Bon Appetit!!

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