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Quinoa? I hardly even know ya! June 2, 2012

Posted by starshipexercise in Recipes and Food.
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I’ve been looking for more things to do with quinoa, and here’s a recipe that started as a riff on tabbouleh and ended up as something…well, just something.  I didn’t have cucumber, and I can’t eat tomato, so I substituted apple and beets.  I know, it’s crazysauce.  The apple and mint was a unique flavor combination, but the longer the flavors had to meld together, the more I liked it.

Ta-quinoa-leh Salad with Turkey and Spinach

Servings: 4

12 oz fully cooked turkey breast, bone and skin removed, diced *
1 cup uncooked quinoa, prepared according to package directions
1 large fuji apple, chopped
1 – 2 tbsp fresh mint, minced
1 tbsp canola oil
1 large roasted beet, chopped *
5 oz fresh baby spinach, wilted or lightly steamed

Combine the cooked quinoa, apple, mint, oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Gently fold in the chopped beets. Try not to mix it too much after you add the beets, as they will stain the surrounding ingredients a bright red.  If you over-stir, your whole salad will turn pink.

Refrigerate the salad to let the flavors combine.  To serve, place about a cup of salad on top of 1/4 th of the wilted spinach.  Layer 3 oz of the diced turkey on top.

I pre-portioned 4 servings and brought this to work for lunch several days this week.  Hits the spot!  Next time I’m going to try grapes instead of apples, and I’m going to slice the raw spinach into ribbons and mix it right into the salad.

Calories 373.7
Fat 8.0 g
Cholesterol 58.7 mg
Sodium 115.4 mg
Carbohydrates 41.7 g
Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
Protein 33.1 g

* I roasted the turkey breast and beet myself.  If you purchase prepared turkey and beets, it will save you time but could affect the nutritional values, especially sodium.

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