Favorite Quinoa Salad

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Keto-Friendly

Indulge in the wholesome goodness of our favorite Quinoa Salad, specially crafted to help you maintain balanced ketone levels in your urine. A salad bowl bursting with a delightful medley of fresh ingredients like quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, and bell pepper is a treat for your taste buds and an intelligent choice for your health. Tossed in a zesty dressing, it’s a perfect addition to your balanced diet.

Recipe Benefits

To maintain ketosis, Quinoa Salad is crucial to consume quinoa. This dish is a protein-rich grain that provides essential nutrients. It is recommended to incorporate fiber-rich chickpeas in Quinoa Salad to promote satiety and improve digestion. Adding fresh vegetables like cucumber and bell pepper to your salad is a great way to ensure your body gets the necessary vitamins, minerals, and hydration. A dressing made with olive oil provides healthy fats, and adding lemon juice gives the salad a refreshing flavor. Quinoa Salad makes it an excellent choice for a well-balanced ketogenic diet that can help maintain your ketone levels.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh colander
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (30 gram) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion (from 1 small red onion)
  • 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (from 1 large bunch)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the quinoa. Put the rinsed quinoa and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring it to a boil on medium-high heat, then lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Continue cooking uncovered until all the water is absorbed, which should take about 15 minutes. Lower the heat as time passes to keep the simmering. Once done, remove from heat, cover, and let it sit for 5 minutes to fluff up.
  2. Next, grab a large serving bowl and add chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and parsley. Mix them and set the bowl aside.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt in a small bowl until well blended. Set the dressing aside.
  4. When the quinoa is ready, transfer it to the serving bowl and add the dressing. Toss everything together until it’s well combined. Taste and add black pepper to your liking and a pinch more salt, if needed. It’s best to let the salad rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving for optimal flavor.
  5. This tasty salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Serve it chilled or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information

Based on 8 servings, per serving:


  • Calories: 188,3 kcal
  • Protein: 4,6 g
  • Fat: 8,7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22,9 g
  • Fiber: 2,9 g

Based on Nutrisurvey

References

  1. https://cookieandkate.com/best-quinoa-salad-recipe/

Disclaimer

Please consult a healthcare professional or nutritionist before making significant dietary changes, especially if you have underlying health conditions or specific nutritional needs. This recipe is intended as a part of a balanced ketogenic diet and may not be suitable for everyone. Adjust portion sizes and ingredients according to your dietary requirements.

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