This salad bowl is the perfect lunch, or even dinner for a hot summer day. The fresh, crunchy vegetables, juicy tomatoes and salty feta is the perfect combination.
It's a meal in a bowl! It tastes so delicious, you won't even know it's good for you.
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp each of dried basil and oregano
½ tsp garlic powder
½ each salt and pepper
2/3 cups quinoa
2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved
½ of an English cucumber, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 green onion, diced
1 handful spinach or kale, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
Fresh basil leaves, chopped
Black olives (optional)
½ cup feta cheese (optional)
1. Cook quinoa according to package. For extra flavour try boiling in soup broth instead of water.
2. Meanwhile, whisk ingredients for dressing in a bowl or shake in a jar.
3. Prepare all other ingredients.
4. Mix salad ingredients and dressing in a large mixing bowl.
you can swap out any of the vegetables for other vegetables you have on hand - try shredded carrots or beets, celery, coleslaw mix or shaved fennel.
if you don't have fresh basil, that's okay, you can omit it or substitute for any other fresh herb you have like cilantro or parsley.
Recipe by Janine LaForte, RD
REAL LIFE NUTRITION