The Quintessential Quinoa Salad

I think it’s safe to say that quinoa is one of the hottest foods around right now. This earthly whole grain comes from the very heart of South America and it is packed with proteins and fibers; iron and magnesium galore. A more than ideal combination for those of you who want to feel revitalized and keep your metabolism buzzing.

Make sure you rinse the quinoa first in order to remove the bitter residue.

Combine one cup of quinoa with two cups of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, low heat for about 15 minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and let it cool to room temperature.

In the meantime grab a small pan and toast some pine nuts over moderate hit until they are golden. Add the pine nuts to the quinoa along with some cilantro, freshly squeezed lemon juice, green olives, beets and avocado to top it off. As a finishing touch add a pinch of salt and you are ready to serve.

Both quinoa and pine nuts are a super healthy. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids while pine nuts contain essential minerals and is “heart-friendly” meaning they help to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.

All in all a super healthy meal and easy to make!