If you haven’t tried quinoa, this is the perfect recipe to introduce yourself! It lends itself beautifully to the subtle flavor of the artichoke, lemon and garlic. Love to serve this high protein grain alongside a delicious piece of grilled fish or chicken. It’s fresh and light, perfect for bikini season, right? Make this for your next picnic or barbecue, it’ll have your friends oohing and ahhing.
Quinoa Salad with Artichokes and Lemon
2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked)
1 14 ounce can artichokes, drained well and quartered
1 large bell pepper, I used yellow, red would be beautiful too
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large clove fresh garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
2 tablespoons fresh or bottled lemon juice
1) Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Place into a large bowl to cool.
2) Once the quinoa is cool, add the artichokes through the black pepper. Gently toss to coat. Add the lemon juice to the mixture and toss to coat. Taste. Add additional salt or pepper to your taste. Makes about ten 1/2 cup servings.
*Only 2 Weight Watcher’s points per 1/2 cup!
*Add any of your favorite vegetables, hearts of palm would be a lovely addition.
*One half cup of cooked quinoa has 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.