Potluck Quinoa

I’ve been on a big ice cream kick lately (thanks, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home) which has meant I’ve been counterbalancing with lots of vegetables and whole grains. Which has led to a bit of a quinoa obsession. You know you’re in trouble when you have to make separate labels for your black, red and regular quinoa. One of my favorite easy lunch/dinners at home is Grains and Mushrooms, lightly scrambled– I use zucchini, asparagus or even kale instead of mushrooms for an easy way to get in a vegetable serving. And I made this salad this week and it was incredible- light but filling. So when I had a potluck to go to I figured I’d make the quinoa salad again but of course I was out of cranberries and gouda. Instead I threw in what I had on hand and it turned out amazing- I am glad I kept some behind for lunch today. A friend asked for the recipe so I figured I’d just blog it. It turned out to be the perfect potluck dish- super simple to throw together, tasty enough everyone wants to try it but also healthy. (Next time I make it I’ll probably add in some chopped red onion. Will report back.)

Quinoa With Arugula, Avocado and Feta

  • 1 and a half cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 and a half cups arugula
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix together quinoa, arugula, avocado, feta, walnuts and tomatoes in a large bowl. Whisk together the olive oil with the red wine vinegar and stir into the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4 as a main course.

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