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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


Description

You’ll love this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad for summer! It’s loaded with chickpeas, cucumber, fresh herbs, and has a deliciously creamy avocado dressing!


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Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 oz. chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, cut in rounds and then fourths
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

Dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • handful cilantro (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup water (plus more if needed to thin it out)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a mesh strainer.
  2. Place the quinoa, veggie broth, and minced garlic in a medium saucepot.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Then, turn down the heat to a simmer and cover for 10 – 15 minutes until all the broth is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
  5. Place the quinoa in a large bowl along with the rinsed quinoa, sliced cucumber, chopped pepper, sliced tomatoes, basil, and mint.
  6. Squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl over the quinoa salad.
  7. Place the pine nuts in a small pan over medium-low heat for about 3 – 5 minutes.
  8. Shake the pan every 30 seconds to toast your pine nuts.
  9. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  10. Place the avocado, cilantro, avocado oil, garlic, water, lime juice, and sea salt in your food processor.
  11. Process until it’s combined, about 10 seconds.
  12. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and process again until it’s combined.
  13. Drizzle the avocado sauce on top of the quinoa salad and toss.
  14. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.
  15. Serve warm or chilled.

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