Quinoa Salad with Nuts and Asian Dressing

quinoa salad with nuts and Asian Dressing 0

When the weather is hot, I really crave a cold salad. Some people think salads contain no protein. However, this is not true. Firstly, in most vegetables, there are some proteins inside. Secondly, salads don’t have to be just lettuce and tomato, they could be created with grain and nuts as well. For instance, quinoa is a super grain that proudly presents a complete protein profile and also contains lots of valuable minerals and vitamins. It has been one of my favorite staple foods since I was first introduced to it. It is also an ideal source for nutrition after a workout, as it contains lysine, which is an essential amino acid that helps with growing and repairing body tissues. With extra nuts and seeds, this is a yummy dish to have during summer days. ;)

quinoa salad with nuts and Asian Dressing 1

Health Index: 5/5 (everyday food, highly recommended),
Kitchen Gadgets: None

Ingredients
1 head of lettuce
10 cherry tomatoes
½ green pepper
3 tbsp cashew nuts
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
½ tbsp black sesame seeds
1 cup prepared quinoa
Salad Dressing:
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp paprika
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
1. Wash the vegetables, shred the lettuce and pepper, slice the tomatoes.
2. Add the nuts, seeds and the grain and mix well.
3. In a separate small bowl, whisk the salad dressing ingredients.
4. Pour onto the salad, mix well and enjoy!