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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

 

mediteranean quinoa salad

 

 

 

 

 

With Summer right around the corner and Spring FINALLY arriving, I’ve been craving this particular dish quite a bit lately and finally decided to get into the kitchen and make it. Good thing I did, too, because I made enough to share with friends and got some of them hooked on it too (and quinoa in general)! This is great served as a side dish with any meal or as a light lunch or dinner.

 

Ingredients

2 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
⅓ cup red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
¼ cup olive oil (or grape seed oil)
1 medium red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
½ cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
Juice of one fresh lemon

 

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan bring water and quinoa to a boil over medium heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until water is fully absorbed and the quinoa becomes fluffy. Lightly stir the quinoa and cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the oil (I used a basil pesto flavored grape seed oil that I had, feel free to get a little creative and/or change things up a little) and vinegar and let the quinoa come to room temperature.
  3. Add the onion, tomatoes, pepper, olives, cilantro (I didn’t have any fresh cilantro on hand but I did have dried cilantro so I used about 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. of that), and salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly. Add feta cheese and combine. Chill for 2 hours to let flavors combine. Squeeze lemon juice over salad right before serving to enhance the flavors.

Nutritional Information

(per serving, serves 8)

Calories 235.0
  Total Fat 13.9 g
  Saturated Fat 1.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 5.0 g
  Cholesterol 5.0 mg
  Sodium 435.4 mg
  Potassium 157.0 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 22.7 g
  Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
  Sugars 2.1 g
  Protein 6.2 g

 

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Meatless Monday – Chickpea Style

Chickpea Croquettes with Greek Salad Topping

Serves 4

I love finding new and delicious ways to use chickpeas (because, quite frankly, I don’t care for them too much) so I was happy to have come across this recipe, which I found to be very tasty. The thing I don’t like much about chickpeas is the texture of them whole, so when I made these I did actually mash them up a bit instead of leaving them whole. I also added a couple of Kalamata olives (chopped up) and extra tomatoes to the topping.

Topping

  • 1 cucumber, quartered and sliced (1 cup)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • ½ cup crumbled low-fat vegan feta cheese, optional

Croquettes

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 green onions, chopped (½ cup)
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

To make the Topping:

Toss together cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice, and oil in bowl. Gently stir in feta crumbles. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and set aside.

To make Croquettes:

1. Whisk together chickpea flour, cumin, chili powder, and salt in bowl. Whisk in 3/4 cup hot water. Stir in remaining ingredients, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

2. Coat nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Scoop 4 ı/4-cup dollops of chickpea mixture into skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden.

3. Flip with spatula, and cook 3 to 4 minutes more. Repeat with remaining chickpea mixture. Serve each Croquette topped with 1/4 cup Topping.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving (2 croquettes with topping):

  • Calories: 314
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 534 mg
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Sugar: 6 g

http://www.vegetariantimes.com

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