Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with zesty citrus vinaigrette is a great healthy summer recipe that can be served with grilled salmon or chicken.
If you are tired of boring salads, you should check out this amazing sweet potato quinoa salad with avocado, arugula, and cherry tomatoes! It has a great flavor combination, and will be loved by any picky eater.
This salad is not just tasty and filling but also very nutritious! It has a good amount of protein, healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins. Perfect meal after your workout routine or just for lunch.
What is Quinoa?
Despite many people calling quinoa a grain, it is actually a seed. It came to us thousands of years ago from the Andes mountains. It received the names “the gold of the Incas” and “the mother grain” for its nutritional value, because it has more protein than any other grain or seed.
Is Quinoa Gluten-Free?
Quinoa is a gluten-free seed and often recommended for a gluten-free diet as a great source of protein, dietary fiber, iron, and calcium. However, not all people agree with its “glute-free” status. The reason is quinoa contains a type of protein that can affect people with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. This is why many specialists recommend to buy quinoa from brands that are certified gluten-free.
Is Quinoa Paleo?
Because quinoa is not a grain but a seed, many people believe that it is paleo compliant. However, if you follow a strict paleo diet, you probably want to exclude this pseudo-grain from your diet. Despite all the benefits and nutritional value, this seed contains a high level of carbohydrate, which should be avoid in a paleo diet.
How to Cook Quinoa
Here is a quick tip for quinoa to water ratio: for one part quinoa use two parts water.
First, rinse ½ cup of quinoa in a fine mesh sieve, then put it together with 1 cup of water into a saucepan and add some salt. Bring it to boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium/low, cover with the lid and cook for about 10-15 minutes until fully cooked and the water in absorbed.
How to Roast Sweet Potatoes
Peel and dice a medium size sweet potato into 1×1 inch cubes, coat with a little bit of olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes, until soft and baked through.
How to make Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
Mix all the ingredients in a salad bowl: arugula, cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and pitted and diced avocado. Add Citrus Vinaigrette or Lemon Vinaigrette and mix again until combined.
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Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
- Peel and dice a medium size sweet potato into 1x1 inch cubes, coat with a little bit of olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes, until soft and baked through.
- Rinse ½ cup of quinoa in a fine mesh sieve, then put it together with 1 cup of water into a saucepan and add some salt. Bring it to boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium/low, cover with the lid and cook for about 10-15 minutes until fully cooked and the water in absorbed.