PointsPlus Quinoa and Tomato Salad

PointsPlus Quinoa and Tomato Salad
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Quinoa and Tomato Salad
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Quinoa and Tomato Salad

The simple ingredients in this recipe make it a perfect complement to spicy main dishes. Vary this recipe by using fresh basil, thyme, cilantro, or oregano instead of the chives. Serve this as a prelude or accompaniment to a healthy main such as steamed fish or grilled chicken.

4
Servings
251
Calories Per Serving
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Notes

*Note: If desired, substitute 2 large tomatoes for the grape tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1  cup  quinoa
  • 2  cups  cold water
  • 2  cups  grape or cherry tomatoes *
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  white wine vinegar, or to taste
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt, or to taste
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper, or taste
  • 2  tablespoons  minced chives

Directions

Put the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve or fine strainer. Place under cold running water until the water runs clear (this eliminates the bitter taste contained in quinoa's coating) and drain well.

Place in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the grains are translucent and the germ has come out of each grain, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Spoon the quinoa into a large bowl and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, finely chop the tomatoes, reserving 2 tablespoons of the tomato juice, and set aside.

In a cup, combine the tomato juice, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and chives and stir well. When the quinoa is at room temperature, stir in the chopped tomatoes, add the tomato vinaigrette, and toss again.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
20g
22%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
39g
30%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
140µg
20%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
105mg
11%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
17µg
1%
Folate, total
47µg
12%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
33mg
10%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
101mg
14%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
255mg
17%
Water
173g
6%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Quinoa Shopping Tip

Stock up on quinoa and have it available for the days you are tired of rice or pasta. It's a great substitute for rice, beans, cereal, bulgar, or couscous.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

The general rule is to add one part quinoa to two parts liquid in a saucepan. One cup of quinoa will take about 15 minutes.

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