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Moroccan Style Chickpea and Quinoa Power Salad

I’m super into trying new quinoa salads lately.  They are super easy to make and super flavorful, nutritious and filling.

I found this amazing recipe on Pinterest which brought me to the website http://www.littlespicejar.com.

The best part of making a quinoa salad is that you can substitute out or add anything in.You could even try making it with brown rice instead of the quinoa. If you do not like pistachios, add another nut you like. Add cilantro, dried apricots…make it your own! I added in yummy sunflower sprouts to the top of mine for some added crunch. If you are looking to purchase some, they are grown locally at 3 Guys Greens. (Five Health Reasons to Eat Sunflower Seeds and Sprouts)

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POWER SALAD:
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup matchstick carrots
4 scallions thinly sliced
1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup dates
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped

HONEY-LEMON DRESSING
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey (maple syrup or brown sugar for vegans)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon chili powder

1. POWER SALAD: Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Allow the quinoa to cool completely before tossing with the salad ingredients. Toss ingredients together.
2. HONEY-LEMON DRESSING: Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a small mason jar and give it a few good shakes until the dressing mixes through. Drizzle the dressing into the salad and toss the salad to combine. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later!

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Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

I just found my new favorite salad! You have to make this…..seriously! You will not be disappointed. I was looking for a new quinoa salad on Pinterest. I found this winner which led me to the website ambitiouskitchen.com.

I went to Bulk Barn to buy my quinoa and my all natural peanut butter.

While I made the quinoa, I chopped up the veggies and made the dressing. It took no time at all to toss it all together.

This salad is vegan and gluten-free. (As long as you use gluten-free soy sauce)

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3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups shredded red cabbage, depending on how much crunch you like
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup diced green onions
1/2 cup cashew halves or peanuts (honey-roasted is good)
OPTIONAL: 1 cup edamame or chickpeas
Fresh lime, for a bit of tang

DRESSING:
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
3 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 tablespoon honey (use agave or pure maple syrup if vegan)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon olive oil or more sesame oil
Water to thin, if necessary

1. To cook quinoa: In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.
2. To make dressing: Add peanut butter and honey or agave to a medium microwave safe bowl; heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and both sesame and olive oil and stir until mixture is smooth and creamy.
3. Add as much or as little dressing as you’d like to the quinoa. I always start out with a little bit of dressing and usually add more to suit my taste. Alternatively, you can save the dressing for later and add when you are ready to eat; however the flavors of the dressing usually soak into the salad so I love adding it to the quinoa first.
4. Fold in the red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots and cilantro into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges, if desired.
(Comments in the recipe are from ambitiouskitchen.com)

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Broccoli Apple Salad

This salad is sooooo good! I found it on Pinterest which lead me to the website therecipecritic.com.

I halved this recipe since I am the only broccoli lover in the house. I served it with dinner and had the leftovers for lunch. I highly recommend leaving out the pecans as they get soft the next day. If you like that added crunch then I would suggest adding the pecans to your salad when you serve it. Also, the apples did not brown, so you could make this as a make ahead dish.

For the dressing, I did use half mayo and half greek yogurt. Next time I would use just greek yogurt.

broccoli salad

4 cups fresh broccoli florets, (about 2 medium heads)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 large apples, finely chopped (I used gala apples)
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Dressing:
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

1. In a large bowl combine broccoli, carrots, red onion, apples, pecans and dried cranberries.
2. To make the dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.

Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

The kids are almost back in school after the winter break…..time to get back to routine and prepping lunches for myself.

I found this salad on Pinterest which brought me to the website aheadofthyme.com.

I changed this recipe slightly. I pre-cook a bunch of Quinoa to use during the week, so I just took out a measured cup of Quinoa to make this salad. I find this easier than making a cup every time.

The best part about online recipes is the user feedback. I highly suggest that if you come across a great recipe…make sure to take a look at what people said about it. In this Quinoa salad recipe, lots of people swapped out the raisins. I did too. I added red onion. Other highly suggested options where pine nuts and feta. Someone also swapped out the spinach with kale with great results.

Make this salad your own! However, do not change the dressing! It is wonderful on this salad. I made the dressing and used it all on one cup of Quinoa with all my veggies and it was perfect. If you double this recipe, make sure you double the dressing too.

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1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
2 cups spinach, finely chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup diced cucumbers
1/4 cup raisins
DRESSING:
1 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. In a medium bowl, rinse the Quinoa a few times
2. In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of salted water. Add the Quinoa and continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the Quinoa is tender.
3. Drain the Quinoa and let it cool.
4. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins and cooled Quinoa.
5. In a small bowl, make the lemon vinaigrette. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour onto the salad and toss to coat.
6. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed.

Chicken Salad

This recipe makes for a quick dinner, especially on the nights of my son’s soccer games.  You can have this flavorful salad on it’s own, in a croissant or on fresh rye bread.

I use a rotisserie chicken from Sobey’s. I usually grab the chipotle flavoured chicken, but the regular barbecue flavour is just as good.

4 cups chicken, cooked
1 cup mayonnaise, or greek yogurt
1 cup celery, diced
2 Tbsp dill, fresh
1 1/2 cups red grapes, quartered
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all ingredients together.

Avocado Egg Salad

Mayo-free! I love this about this recipe! Super tasty and super easy to make.

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6 eggs hard boiled
1 – 1 1/2 ripe avocados peeled and mashed
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste

1. Add the eggs to a medium-sized pot and cover with a few inches of water. Cover and place on high heat. Bring water to a full (but gentle) boil. Remove from heat, lid the pot and cook for 12-14 minutes.

2. Drain the water and immediately run cold water over the eggs. Transfer eggs to an ice bath and allow eggs to chill for 3 minutes. Peel the shell right away as it makes for easier peeling. Refrigerate peeled eggs until ready to use.

3. In a medium bowl, add the avocado, lemon juice and salt. Mash the avocado, leaving it slightly chunky if desired. Add the chopped hard boiled eggs and stir well to combine. Eat on toasted bread with greens of your choice.

Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Yum! I really liked this salad. I do wish however I had purple cabbage to add more colour. This salad is super easy to make, especially if you have a food processor to help you. In a pinch you could buy the package of pre-cut coleslaw.

I did not add the black sesame seeds. I cut up cashews and added to the top instead of mixing them in. You can also substitute almonds if you wish.

Shredded chicken or pork would be an excellent addition to this salad.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to the website thekitchengirl.com.

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6 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup cooked Quinoa
1 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped cashews
1 Tbsp toasted black sesame seeds
2 finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette (see recipe below)

1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, cooked Quinoa, carrots, cilantro, cashews, sesame seeds and green onions; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. To serve, toss in sesame ginger vinaigrette

SESAME GINGER VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 finely grated garlic clove
1 Tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, sesame oil, Ginger, garlic, honey, salt and pepper; cover, refrigerate.
Makes 3/4 cup

Easy One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

This recipe is super fast and easy to make! My kids loved it! This is a perfect make ahead meal for busy nights or a great hot lunch for the kids at school. I found this recipe on damndelicious.net.

I used 1 1/2 cups of red kidney beans instead of adding the 3/4 red and 3/4 white. I used ground turkey instead of using beef. I also grated my cheese super fine so that it melted quicker.

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1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
8 ounces ground beef or ground turkey
4 cups chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
10 ounces elbow pasta
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

1. Heat oilve oil in a large killet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and ground beef, and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks;drain excess fat.
2. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cumin;season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
4. Serve immediatley, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Ultimate Greek Chopped Salad

This recipe is so fresh and full of flavour.  It is so easy to make too!  I found this recipe on Pinterest.  It lead me to thegardengrazer.com.

I served my salad with chicken for dinner.  I made extra chicken to serve it again as leftover lunch.

greek salad

1 hothouse cucumber
4-5 ripe roma tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper
1 small red onion
15 oz. can garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained
Optional: olives, dairy-free feta, pepperoncini

Dressing:
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt

1. Make the dressing in a small bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Dice the cucumber, onion, bell pepper, and tomoatoes (removing any excess liquid from tomatoes)
3. Put vegetables and garbonzo beans in a large bowl
4. Add dressing and toss to combine
5. Can eat immediately or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavours combine. Some dressing will settle on the bottom, so stir before serving.

Blueberry, Avocado and Toasted Pecans Quinoa Salad

I love this salad.  I can not wait to make it for lunch using fresh picked blueberries at the cottage.  This recipe is from http://www.ifoodreal.com.

I could not find fresh basil, so I did not add it. I missed it, but the salad is still good without.

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2 cups quinoa
1 cup blueberries
2 large avocados, diced
1 cup pecans

Lime Basil Dressing:
1 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 large lime, juice of
3 Tbsp basil, finely chopped
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1. In a large bowl, add quinoa, blueberries and avocados.
2. In a small skillet, toast pecans on low-medium heat until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently and watch closely not to burn. Transfer to a bowl with other ingredients.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together Lime Basil Dressing ingredients, pour over the salad and gently stir to combine. Serve cold.
STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.
Servings: 6

Amount per serving = 3/4 cup:
Calories: 366.3
Total fat: 25.8g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 297.1 mg
Total Carbs: 32.4g
Dietary Fiber: 8.3 g
Protein:7.0g
WW points: +10