Quinoa Basil Salad

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Quinoa is a tasty, nutritious and versatile grain available in a wide array of colors, the most common being red, white and black. Add this quinoa recipe to your favorite protein-rich food or enjoy it by itself for a delicious and healthy meal.

From the Registered Dietitians and Chefs of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Recipe Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup whole pine nuts
  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup mixed frozen vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cup fresh, sweet basil, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a saucepan, bring 1 quart water to a boil, add quinoa and cook 20 minutes. When finished, fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. Bring the remaining 1 quart of water to a boil. When it has reached a boil, turn down the flame to a simmer. Pour mixed vegetables into simmering water and cook for 2 minutes. Take vegetables out of the pot using a strainer and place the vegetables into an ice bath (1 quart water, 4 cups ice) for 5 minutes or until cool and the color is vibrant.
  3. Roast pine nuts in an unoiled skillet on medium heat for 3 minutes or until lightly toasted. When pine nuts have finished roasting, combine all ingredients and set aside to cool.
  4. One dish has cooled, chill in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve chilled.

Nutritional facts (per serving): 324 calories, 12.3g fat (34% of calories from fat), 1.8g saturated fat (5% of calories from saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 6.6g dietary fiber, 10.8g protein and 42.5g carbohydrates.


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