Who wouldn’t want to dive into this fresh looking Greek salad with quinoa and avocados!
You’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again. Quinoa is tops on my list of grains. Except, it’s really not a grain according to the world’s healthiest foods . . .
“Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is a recently rediscovered ancient “grain” once considered “the gold of the Incas.”
Fitness Magazine used my favorite “grain.” in a salad recipe that sounded delicious. Fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado and feta cheese.
Colorful, and full of good stuff, this salad was simple to put together after work. I modified the recipe and eliminated one avocado. Sorry, but that’s just too much fat, even though it’s good fat, for me.
Happy, healthy cooking!
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 cup chicken broth, low sodium
- 2 large roma tomato, seeded and finely chopped
- ½ cup spinach, shredded
- ? cup red onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 large avocado, chopped
- ? cup fat free feta cheese
- Bring quinoa to a boil with chicken broth. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl combine quinoa, tomatoes, spinach and onion. Add cooled quinoa.
- Whisk lemon juice, olive oil and salt in a small bowl.
- Add avocado to the bowl with dressing and toss with feta.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Quinoa is a nutrition powerhouse. A complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids, it’s also high in manganese, magnesium, iron, tryptophan, copper and phosphorus. Quinoa provides significant benefits for heart health. It’s also useful for people who suffer from migraine headaches. High in fiber, it’s useful for those dieting as it’s filling, as well as the benefits of fiber for certain types of cancers.
Avocado contains vitamin K, fiber, potassium, folate and vitamins B6 and C. Avocados contain a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, that could lower cholesterol. The potassium in avocados help lower blood pressure. The folate promotes heart health.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 17.29g
Total Carbs: 23.53g
Dietary Fiber: 6.36g
Weight Watchers Points 6
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.