Red quinoa is just as good as its beige counterpart, but a bit more fun in color! I like to mix it with fresh vegetables and a simple vinaigrette. This recipe makes for a perfect lunch or side dish because it is packed with crunchy raw vegetables and is packed with protein and fiber to keep you full. Quinoa has about 9 grams of protein per cup and is considered a "complete" protein, because it contains all the essential amino acids. Quinoa will also give you a dose of iron, folate and calcium. The best thing about this recipe is that it is wide open for change — replace the vegetables with your personal favorites. Enjoy!

Serves 4

10 Ingredients

  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1-inch nob ginger, peeled
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 1531
  • Protein 32 g
  • Carbs 153 g
  • Fiber 31 g
  • Sugars 11 g
  • Sodium 553 mg
  • Fat 95 g
  • Saturated 13 g
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Directions

<ol> <li>Bring the quinoa and water to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the water is gone.</li> <li>While the quinoa cooks, dice the scallions, red onion, red bell pepper, ginger, avocado, and cucumber into small, uniformly-sized pieces.</li> <li>In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon, and salt and pepper. Set aside.</li> <li>When the quinoa is finished, transfer to a large bowl.</li> <li>Fold the veggies, avocado, and vinaigrette into the quinoa while its still warm. The warmth will help release flavors from the veggies and create an amazing aroma.</li> <li>Serve and enjoy!</li></ol>