A trip to the farmers’ market is nothing short of torture for my husband, and total bliss for me.
For some reason, wandering from booth to booth and filling your basket with a variety of fruits and vegetables isn’t nearly as exhilarating for Mike, as it is for me.
At a recent trip to our local market a vender displayed bunches of carrots that caught my eye. There were lemony yellow and deep purple carrots bundled in with your typical orange variety. It didn’t take long for me to add them to my basket.
As you can see, my camera didn’t do these tasty vegetables justice, or maybe it was the photographer.
When it came time to put my purchase to use, I couldn’t bear the thought of tossing them into a stir fry, or steaming them until their lovely colors faded.
I wanted those colors to pop and that fresh clean taste to shine, so I julienned them and put them in this quinoa salad with a handful of fresh basil and a light vinaigrette.
My carrots really stood out in this easy salad recipe, and I had enough leftovers for a tasty lunch the next day.
Happy, healthy cooking!
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked according to package directions
- 3 large carrots, julliened
- 1 cup red onion, thinly sliced
- ½ cup basil, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Combine quinoa, carrots, onion and basil in a bowl.
- In a smaller bowl combine garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and Champagne vinegar.
- Mix dressing into quinoa mixture and fold in cheese.
- Chill for 15 minutes prior to serving.
Calories: 227 Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5 Total Fat: 6.11g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 219mg Total Carbs: 30.30g Dietary Fiber: 5.03g Sugars: 4.72g Protein: 9.04g
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