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I made you dinner.

Yup.

You’re welcome.

And, no. It’s not just another quinoa salad recipe. This one is The Best. Hence, the name of the recipe.

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You can thank me later.

It’s yummy. I promise.

This meal is gunna be a nice change of pace for y’all.

After Thanksgiving I’m sure you’re sick of eating sweet potatoes and turkey and gravy – by now your holiday party invitations are pouring in and I’m sure you’re not ready to dive into any more cranberry sauce. Am I right?

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Yep.

I can read you like a book.

This detox salad is sure to please your little palate. Fresh cilantro and lemon juice round out this bowl of goodness and deliver a fresh salad with sweet roasted red bell peppers with protein-filled quinoa.

You’re gunna need all the goodness you can get before you walk into those holiday parties filled with eggnog and cookies and o’ ya candy canes. Pure sugar ain’t gunna be your friend. No need to deprive yourself this season but make sure you stay on track with lots of lean proteins and hearty whole food fiber from fruits and veggies and your belly (and body) will thank you, come January 1st.

Enjoy!

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xox

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The Best Quinoa Salad: Cilantro, Red Bell Pepper and Lemon Balsamic Dressing {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan}
Serves: 4
 
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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian
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Recipe type: Entree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, steam peas in a steamer basket over medium heat until bright green and tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa with peppers, peas and cilantro.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper; drizzle over quinoa mixture and serve.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Quinoa Salad: Cilantro, Red Bell Pepper and Lemon Balsamic Dressing {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan}
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Potassium 543mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 55%
Vitamin C 142.2%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 16.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 comments

  1. I have such bad luck with quinoa-my family hates it. I think I must make it wrong. Anyway, I hope I am not too late for the Enjoy Life Giveaway. My daughter lives on their products! We are so grateful there is a line of allergy free products she can eat and enjoys!

  2. This is my kind of recipe! A somewhat short, wholesome ingredients list! 🙂 I just bought a bunch of organic quinoa in bulk from Walmart.com (cheapest I could find it!), so now I definitely know one of the dishes I want to make with it! Thanks for the delicious looking recipe! <3
    xo.

  3. This recipe sounds delicious, but the description above it mentions roasted red peppers. The instructions don’t says anything about roasting the peppers. Sooo, I will try it with raw peppers…right?

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