If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, but you still want to create delicious healthy meals for your family. I LOVE to make grain salads because they are very nutritious, full of flavor and color, and you can make them in bulk to pack for the next day’s lunch. One of my favorite local restaurants is Lemonade. They have the most interesting and colorful selection of gourmet salads. Just fabulous! My last trip there left me dreaming about their red quinoa salad, so I had to recreate it for my family. It was delicious!
1-1/2 cup red quinoa, cooked per instructions.
1 cup sun dried tomatoes*
1 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup red bell peppers, chopped
¾ cup fresh basil chopped
¾ cup slivered almonds
½ cup red onions, chopped (optional)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the red quinoa per instructions and let it cool to room temperature. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, toss and serve.
*You can use store bought sun dried tomatoes and prepare them per instructions. But if you have a dehydrator, like I do, you can make your own. These take about 12 hours so if you stick them in the dehydrator in the early morning, they will be ready by dinner time. Or you can just prepare them the night before overnight. Take 8 roma tomatoes, cut them in half lengthwise and then slice them into ¼“ thick half moon pieces. Place them on the dehydrator tray and dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees. Voila! You have homemade sun dried tomatoes.
So simple and delicious!
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