Tuscan Quinoa Salad

This Italian salad is packed with protein and antioxidants.

tuscan quinoa salad recipe

Ingredients

For the Salad

1 C Quinoa uncooked
2 C water
¼ t of salt
½ T vegetable oil
1 lb chicken Italian sausage, cooked and sliced
½ C parsley
½ C shaved Parmesan cheese
¼ C green onions, sliced
½ C red pepper, sliced thinly lengthwise
1 C fresh or defrosted frozen blackberries

For the Dressing

¼ C white wine vinegar
¼ C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 T chopped flat leaf parsley
¼ t salt
1/8 t black pepper

Preparation

For the Salad

Step 1
Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan.

Step 2
Stir in quinoa, oil and salt.

Step 3
Reduce to low; cover.

Step 4
Simmer 10-15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.

Step 5
Transfer to large size bowl.

Step 6
Cool 10 minutes.

For the Dressing

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

For the Assembly

Step 1
Toss quinoa with dressing.

Step 2

Stir in green onions, red pepper slices, sliced sausage and parsley. Mix well.

Step 3

Gently stir in blackberries to combine with salad.

Step 4

Top with shaved Parmesan.

Step 5
Serve immediately.