Tuscan Quinoa Salad

Tuscan Quinoa Salad

This Italian salad is packed with protein and antioxidants.

Serves 4

Ingredients Preparation

  • 1 cup Quinoa uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb chicken Italian sausage, cooked and sliced
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup red pepper, sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen blackberries
Salad Steps

  1. Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir in quinoa, oil and salt.
  3. Reduce to low; cover.
  4. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
  5. Transfer to large size bowl.
  6. Cool 10 minutes.

  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Dressing Steps

  1. Whisk vinegar, olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

  1. Toss quinoa with dressing.
  2. Stir in green onions, red pepper slices, sliced sausage and parsley. Mix well.
  3. Gently stir in blackberries to combine with salad.
  4. Top with shaved Parmesan.
  5. Serve immediately.

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