Protein Packed Quinoa Salad With Lemon Parsley Dressing
This recipe might be one of my favorite. Seriously. I would pay to have this in a restaurant; and then go back and order it again!
It’s simply addictive and delicious, texturally interesting, protein-packed and super healthy, easy to make and lasts for a couple of days in the fridge. The dressing is light and tasty and pulls the whole salad together into one great meal!
Protein Packed Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing
In a large bowl, with the tines of a fork, break up one can (7 oz) solid white albacore tuna, which has been drained.
Note: if you are using smaller cans of tuna, such as a 3-4 oz size, then use 2 cans.
To the tuna, which has been well flaked, add:
1 c. cooked quinoa, cold
1 c. canned chic peas (drained of their liquid)
1 c. diced cucumber
1/2 c. diced celery
1/2 c. roasted slivered almonds
Mix all ingredients together. Gently fold in:
1 ripe avocado, cubed
Optional for dairy meals: To the salad, add crumbled feta cheese (as I did in the picture above). The salad is delicious with our without the feta.
Prepare the Lemon Parsley Dressing. In a measuring cup, combine:
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. light tasting olive oil
2 Tbsp. honey
2 cubes frozen parsley
1 cube frozen garlic
black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. coarse ground mustard
Mix the dressing ingredients together well. Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss gently to coat. Serve as a complete meal for a light lunch, or alongside a piece of grilled salmon or chicken for a dinner meal.
Happy cooking, b’tay’avon and enjoy!
Be sure to check out these other great quinoa salad recipes: