Labeled a “superfood,” quinoa is truly that! Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids and is rich in protein. It also has about twice as much fiber as any other grain, which helps to lower cholesterol. Feeling anemic? Quinoa is a great source of iron. Suffering from migraines? Quinoa is rich in magnesium, which helps to relax blood vessels. And the best part? Quinoa is delicious and goes with almost anything. This salad is a great side or can stand on its own as a meal.
- 2 cups uncooked quinoa
- 4-6 kale leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberries
- 2-3 sticks of celery, chopped
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons feta cheese
COOKING QUINOA: Use a rice cooker, or place quinoa in mid-sized pot, and add 4 cups of water. Bring to boil and then cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
MAKING SALAD: Mix chopped vegetables, cranberries, and olive oil. Put cooked quinoa over veggies and let sit covered for 4 minutes. Add cheese over the top, and mix into the quinoa salad. Salt to taste. Serve warm.