This week my mind was on lunches. I hear all the time from people that they want more ideas for quick, healthy lunches. This salad is very filling because it contains plenty of protein due to the quinoa. I whipped this up in no time with just a few ingredients:
- 1 head of Romaine
- 1 cup Bibb lettuce
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- 1/4 cup dried apricots
- 1/4 cup toasted almonds
- 3/4 cup Quinoa
- pea shoots
I chopped up a head of Romain, Bibb lettuce and fresh mint for the base. Next, I rinsed and cooked the quinoa according to the directions on the package.
Quinoa is full of protein and fiber and it gives this salad a nutty crunch. I got this Red Quinoa from Trader Joe's. While it was cooking, I put some slivered almonds on a baking sheet and toasted them in the oven on 350 for about 10 minutes. It takes the quinoa about 20-25 minutes to soak up all the water, so while this was cooking and the almonds were toasting, I cut up some dried apricots for sweetness. I added the quinoa, almonds, and apricots to the salad and I topped it with these pea shoots from Trader Joe's.
Last, I mixed up the dressing which consisted of: Red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, 1 clove garlic, and a tsp of dijon mustard. This was the final result! What quick lunches do you throw together for a healthy lunch? [sc:apple]
-Wendie Schneider RDN, MBA "The Pantry Doctor"
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