PointsPlus Quinoa and Tomato Salad

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PointsPlus Quinoa and Tomato Salad
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.

Ready in
28 m
4
Servings
204
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.8g
4%
Protein
7g
14%
Carbs
31g
10%
Vitamin A
40µg
4%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
14%
Vitamin C
13mg
21%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
12µg
16%
Calcium
35mg
3%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
93µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
93µg
23%
Iron
2mg
12%
Magnesium
96mg
24%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
6%
Phosphorus
217mg
31%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
454mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
9%
Sodium
302mg
13%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
12.4%
Zinc
1mg
10%

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