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Quick and Healthy Lemon Quinoa Salad with Cucumber

So many health benefits in this refreshing tangy salad!
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Quinoa has its benefits so try making this Quick Quinoa Salad is lemon squeezy-easy.

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There are endless combinations of quinoa in a salad. It’s one of the most versatile side dish options, and packs in a punch of benefits, too. If you like to serve it plain, that’s amazing! If you haven’t taken to it yet, maybe try playing around with different flavor options so you will taste it in many different ways. Maybe, you’ll develop a liking for it and not have to miss out on so much nutrition.

How is quinoa is extremely nutritional?

It provides a great number of vitamins such as protein, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc and potassium. If that is not enough to get you cooking and eating quinoa then you should know it’s gluten-free. Quinoa is great for weight loss and maintaining a clean and healthy lifestyle. What is also great about quinoa is that it can be paired with almost anything and still be delicious, like this easy quinoa salad recipe; a great summer salad. To add to all the health benefits in this salad, cucumber is a refreshing ingredient and good for aiding digestion because of its high fiber content. Don’t forget the parsley. It contains vitamin A and C, which when in contact with the immune system, strengthens it.

What do I need to make this recipe?

Quinoa is the obvious base to this salad, and I hope you enjoy it!

Cucumber hydrates you and helps to lower blood sugar.

Parsley is rich in vitamin K, and can help to improve bone health.

Lemon juice helps digestion and contains vitamin C.

Along with those ingredients, you’ll need water, extra virgin olive oil, and salt.

You can include more quinoa in your meals with these recipes:

Cajun Halibut with Sprouted Quinoa and Watercress

Easy Roasted Delicata Squash and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Fruit Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Quick and Healthy Lemon Quinoa Salad with Cucumber

So many health benefits in this refreshing tangy salad!
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 154kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw quinoa
  • cup water
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 3 stems parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • In a small pot add 1 1/2 cup water and 3/4 cup raw quinoa. On the lowest heat with the lid on cook for 10minutes. Fluff quinoa with a spoon.
  • Chop 1/2 cucumber, 3 stems fresh parsley, and add to the quinoa.
  • Stir in 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice. Give it a light mix.
  • Add salt to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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