Springtime Strawberry Quinoa Salad

This salad is open to interpretation; feel free to swap the greens, berries,veggies,and seeds to your preference. Serve at room temperature or cold, as a light lunch or alongside your favourite dinner dishes.

spring quinoa salad

Springtime Quinoa Salad

1 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup diced cucumber
3 tablespoons hemp seeds (double check for gluten-free status)
1 green onion, finely chopped (just the green part)
Argula, for serving

Dressing:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 garlic clove, finely grated
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Salt, freshly ground pepper to taste

Put the water in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then add the quinoa. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 13 to 16 minutes until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and remove the lid. Fluff with a fork and let cool.

Put the quinoa in a bowl with the strawberries, cucumber, hemp seeds, and green onion. Toss to mix.

To make the dressing, put the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, minced garlic, lemon zest, and a  sprinkle of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture. Stir to mix, adjusting salt and pepper to taste. Serve over arugula.

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