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Black Quinoa Salad (vegan)

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I am a huge salad lover, and this Black Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes makes a great meal rich in protein, healthy fats and it’s vegan and gluten free. I love quinoa because of it’s nutritional benefits, it’s high amount of protein, perfect on a vegan diet, and because it is super simple to prepare and good with everything you put in. It’s my kitchen lifesaver!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This recipe is healthy made easy! Quinoa is always an excellent, gluten-free choice for grain lovers, thanks to its high fiber and protein content. Even though this quinoa salad is a simple veggie packed dish, it is sure to fill you up without leaving you bloated afterwards. The avocado and olive oil adds healthy, essential unsaturated fats, while the beets bring in a slew of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium.

By Katie Bishop, MS, Nutritionist

Black Quinoa Salad (vegan)

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

120 grams or 1/2 cup black quinoa
240 grams or 1 cup water
15 cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 small avocado (cut in cubes)
1 pre-cooked beet (cut in cubes)
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (toasted)
4 leaves of basil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn down to simmer until all the water has been absorbed. It usually takes about 10 to15 minutes. Let the quinoa cool for 5 minutes.
  3.  In a bowl add cherry tomatoes and avocado together with quinoa, olive oil and salt and toss well.
  4.  Serve on a dish and top with sunflower seeds, beet and basil leaves.
In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn down to simmer until all the water has been absorbed. It usually takes about 10 to15 minutes. Let the quinoa cool for 5 minutes.  In a bowl add cherry tomatoes and avocado together with quinoa, olive oil and salt and toss well.  Serve on a dish and top with sunflower seeds, beet and basil leaves.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 352; Total Fat: 23g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 314mg; Potassium: 612mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 6g

Nutrition Bonus:  Vit C: 165%; Vit A: 128%; Iron: 23%

 

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