Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Not all carbohydrates are created equally.  Let me introduce you to Quinoa in case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere.  Quinoa is high in protein (all 9 essential amino acids to be exact), Gluten Free and it’s delicious, and easy to make.

Quinoa is a good source of fiber, lysine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and Riboflavin B2.  If you are Gluten Free like me then these types of healthy carbs are essential to maintaining a somewhat normal diet.

Cranberry Quinoa Salad

*A handful of dried cranberries

*A few cloves of chopped garlic

*A large handful of mint leaves removed from stem and chopped

*A large handful of Pine nuts, toasted

*A handful of chopped red onion

*Cooked Quinoa (cook according to the package instructions – it is easy peasy.  You can find Organic Quinoa at Trader Joe’s)

*The Holy Trinity:  Olive oil (extra virgin, first cold pressed, lemon (organic), salt (flake sea salt – nothing better than Maldon’s)  Add and taste, then add some more until you are happy with the flavor

When the quinoa is done, add all the remaining ingredients and stir well.  That’s it, and yes it is so deliciously light and healthy.