Favorite Quinoa Salad

– 1 cup quinoa – 2 cups water – 1 cucumber, diced – 1 bell pepper (any color), diced

Ingredients:

– 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved – 1/2 red onion, finely chopped – 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped – 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional) – 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, sliced (optional)

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– 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil – 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar – 1 clove garlic, minced – 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard – Salt and pepper to taste

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Rinse the quinoa under cold water. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool.

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In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cucumber, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and parsley.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.

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Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss until well combined.

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If desired, add crumbled feta cheese and sliced Kalamata olives for extra flavor.

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Refrigerate the quinoa salad for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

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This quinoa salad is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Feel free to customize it based on your preferences, adding ingredients like avocado, roasted vegetables, or grilled chicken for additional variations. Enjoy

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