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!


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