Summertime is in full swing and it’s time for a super simple crowd-pleaser of a salad. It’s vegan and full of super tasty ingredients. It has a nice blend of sweet, savory and a slight spicy kick. The main ingredient in this salad is none other than the super nutritional Quinoa.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-waaaah) is an ancient grain that is a complete protein. This makes it great for many sorts of vegan and vegetarian meals. The reason it is a complete protein is because it provides all 9 essential amino acids. Quinoa is gluten-free and cholesterol-free. And for an added bonus, it's also Kosher.
Try this simple and super flavorful salad for your next BBQ or dinner party and it’s super to be a big hit. Enjoy the super healthy Foodgasm that comes from this Curried Quinoa Salad. I know I did, and it was superb (wink)!
Curried Quinoa salad
- 1 cup dried quinoa
- 1 tablespoon sweet curry powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups carrots, grated
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
In a pot put the water, quinoa, curry powder, cayenne pepper and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Put quinoa on a sheet pan or large bowl to cool slightly. Fluff with a fork and add the shredded carrots, dried cranberries, canned chickpeas, green onions, olive oil (optional) and salt to taste. Serve at room temp or chilled.