Recipe: Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

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This salad is an office favorite at Skinny Mom HQ. Not only is it delicious, refreshing and filling, but it's super healthy! Kale is one of the most cleansing foods you can get your hands on, and we use protein-packed quinoa, red and yellow bell peppers, shallots and sunflower seeds to really give you that cleansing kick you need. The red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing pulls it all together for a fantastic finish. At only 208 calories per serving, you'll be packing this for lunch every day!

Cleansing Quinoa Salad

Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

Here's how to cut those bell peppers:

Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

Pro tip: To cool the quinoa down fast and safely, thinly spread it out on a rimmed baking sheet and chill it in refrigerator for 45 minutes to an hour.

Recipe: Clean Eating Quinoa Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 13-15 minutes + 1 hour chill time

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: 1 cup

Ingredients

4 cups water

2 cups quinoa, dry

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

¼ cup fresh basil, minced

1 shallot, minced

2 cups kale, coarsely chopped small

2 tablespoons raw unsalted sunflower seeds

½ teaspoon salt

black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

    Heat a medium saucepan over high heat. Add 4 cups of water and the quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 13-15 minutes until quinoa is cooked.

    Remove quinoa from heat and let stand for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork and set aside in refrigerator to cool.

    In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cooled quinoa, red and yellow bell peppers, basil, shallot, kale, sunflower seeds, salt and black pepper.

    In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar and olive oil. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and stir together to combine.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: (1 cup)

Calories: 208

Calories from fat: 55

Fat: 4g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 152mg

Carbohydrates: 33g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 7g

WWP+: 5

SmartPoints: 5

The nutrition content of recipes on SkinnyMom.com has been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.

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