Tricolor Quinoa Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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This is a very colorful, healthy, wholesome Salad. Its great for a light Summer lunch or as simple picnic food. A handful of cooked Chickpeas or roasted Peanuts can also be added to give it a nice crunch.

Ingredients: 

  1. 1 Cup Quinoa, cooked according to instructions
  2. Grape Tomatoes- about 10, halved
  3. 2 small Persian cucumbers- diced
  4. 1 Avocado- diced
  5. 1 Carrot- Peeled and shredded
  6. Any nuts like Pecans or Walnuts or Peanuts
  7. Mint- small bunch, chiffonade
  8. Flat leaf Parsley- small bunch, chopped
  9. Scallions- Chopped, about 5

For the Cilantro Lime dressing:

  1. 1/4 cup finely chopped Cilantro
  2. 1/2 Onion, chopped really fine
  3. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  4. 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
  5. 2 TBSP honey/ Maple syrup
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Cumin Powder- 1 Tsp
  8. Red Chili Powder- 1/4 Tsp( Or to taste)

The Cilantro dressing can be used as needed and stored in the refrigerator to use with any green salad.

Method:

Mix the cooked Quinoa with all the chopped vegetables and fresh herbs. Mix in the Cilantro- Lime dressing as needed. Put in the refrigerator for an hour for all the flavors to get absorbed in the Quinoa. Serve cold.

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