Sometimes great things come from potlucks. Like this quinoa salad :) A coworker made it for a work potluck and it was so refreshing and different. The even more amazing thing to me was that it didn't have any dressing or sauce on it (I would have sworn it did...), only cilantro and lime juice. It also seemed pretty healthy so I thought it would be a good addition to our picnic lunches while we were on vacation up north. It turned out great and was so simple to make! We took it with us several days and it was not only very filling but also portable and kept well in the fridge.
The quinoa was a bit expensive but the nice thing is you can get more than one batch out of a package and every batch makes a lot. Also, I have made it with less quinoa and more veggies to decrease the carb ratio and that works fine too. If you have an abundance of cucumbers in your garden this is the perfect use. A second great thing about this is that you end up with everything you need to make guacamole - score! Since I have made this most often for lunches I haven't include the avocado because it tends to get funky. If you were serving it right away I am sure it would be even better with avocado, but it's good without it as well.
Adapted slightly from SkinnyTaste
Ingredients1 cup chopped tomatoes
15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 tbsp chopped red onion
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
a lime or two
Salt and pepper
Combine first six ingredients. Squeeze lime juice over all and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and store in refridgerator until ready to serve.
21 Day Fix-ers:
Mix garbanzos and quinoa. In a seperate bowl combine remaining ingredients. Measure out a yellow of the barbanzo quinoa combo and a green of the veggie combo. Combined = 1 yellow, 1 green.
Like this Quinoa salad? Try our Quinoa Taco Bowl for another easy on the go meal!