November 11, 2013

Tricolor Quinoa For A Healthy and Energizing Lunch

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In my life away from the kitchen, I work a physically demanding job that requires a high powered lunch to get me through the afternoon.  As a veterinary technician, I spend most of my day standing, lifting heavy things, or restraining large animals that may want to bite me.  Without a good lunch, not only do I run out of energy, but I risk getting hurt.

Greek quinoa salad

So when the microwave broke, I knew I needed some good lunches that could be eaten cold, but would still fill me up.

Luckily, one of my favorite recipes meets both requirements.

At least monthly, I make a batch of Greek Salad with Quinoa.  Quinoa is native to the Andes region of South America and is an ancient grain, but has only recently become popular in the Unites States.  In addition to being high in protein, it’s easy to cook and can be substituted in most recipes for rice or pasta.

This salad is tasty and healthy, plus it can be changed up to please many different palates.  The only problem in my household is not eating all of it before work days!

Greek Salad with Quinoa


1 cup ShopRite Tricolor Quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
cherry tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4-6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3/4 cup Greek or Italian salad dressing


After rinsing the quinoa, combine it with the water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until the seeds have opened and water is absorbed.  When cool, combine with the tomatoes (I use lots, because I love tomatoes), cucumber, chickpeas and salad dressing.  Stir to combine, then top with feta.  Other options for ingredients include black olives and pepperoncini, neither of which I care for, so I leave them out.

I also make my own Italian dressing, combining olive oil and red wine vinegar in a two-to-one ratio, 1-3 cloves of pressed garlic, a pinch of sugar, 1-2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, and basil and oregano to taste.

It tastes even better the next day, so make lots and prepare to be satisfied and ready for an afternoon of work!


IMPORTANT NOTICE: As a POTLUCK blogger, I received the ShopRite Tricolor Quinoa for free.