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Quinoa Avocado Salad with Cranberry & Pomegranate in Lime Vinaigrette

This salad recipe is healthy eater’s dream. It is easy to make with available ingredients. It is high in protein, full of fibers, healthy fats and other important nutrients. I added dried cranberry & pomegranate to have juicy, sweet & sour taste to it. All these ingredients makes it a flavorful satisfying salad and equally light lunch. Make it a meal in itself by adding grilled cottage cheese steaks or herb rice to the platter or serve it alongside with main course.

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Serving: Prepare portion according to the course of the meal.

Require: Large mixing bowl

Ingredients:

I used 3 cups of cooked quinoa.

Other ingredients and it’s quantities are as per individual taste and availability. I used – avocado, finely chopped tomato, red green yellow bell pepper, fresh basil leaves, fresh mint leaves, dried cranberry & pomegranate.

Dressing: 2 tablespoons vinaigrette for 3 cups of quinoa or adjust as per taste. Make extra and store

Ingredients for vinaigrette:

  1. Lemon juice – 3 tablespoons
  2. Honey – 1 tablespoons
  3. Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  4. Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  5. Paprika – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  6. Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Salt as per taste

Whisk all the ingredients together and store in refrigerator.

Method:

  1. Cook quinoa as per the instruction given on the box
  2. Mix all the ingredients softly in a large bowl. Keep it in refrigerator and toss vinaigrette just before serving. Garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate

Tips & Tricks:

  • Serve cold
  • Garnishing is important as it gives colorful appearance to the salad
  • Garnishing with finely chopped almonds gives crunchiness to the salad
  • You can use any available or choice of veggies; important is Vinaigrette. It should taste sweet & sour and little bit spicy
  • I have not mentioned quantities here since it totally depends on personal choice and availability
  • Add avocado only on the day you are serving salad since it looses it’s color and texture
  • But for avocado & vinaigrette, rest everything can be stored in the air tight container

 

 

 

 

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