Saturday, February 7, 2015

Excellent Gluten Free Mexican Style Quinoa Salad - Quick & Easy

Mom's Mexican Style Quinoa Tabouli

This is a fabulous salad. It is flavorful, gluten-free and packed with healthy deep leafy greens. It is a salad that is hard to get tired of. You can make this ahead of time to enjoy for several meals with a side of clean protein. It's great to take as a lunch for work, or take on picnics, or just to have on-hand when you are in a hurry and need something good for you that's ready to go. The choice of foods we eat when we are in a hurry are frequently the things we regret eating later (I'm not pointing any fingers... soda and candy bar ).


There are other delicious variations to this quinoa tabouli salad that I have already posted on this blog: Classic, Italian, and Oriental style.



MEXICAN  STYLE  QUINOA  TABOULI  Recipe:

Serves 4 to 6

2 c. cooked quinoa (or cooked sprouted quinoa), cooled
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice, to taste
1/2 c. olive oil (or Green Oil recipe on this blog)
A pinch of. ascorbic acid powder (vitamin C)
1 garlic clove, pressed through a garlic press
2 large scallions, thinly sliced
2 T. dried Mexican oregano, to taste
1 t. ground cumin, to taste
1/2 to 1 large bunch cilantro, with stems, chopped fine
1 large bunch flat-leaf Italian parsley, without coarse stems, chopped fine
1/2 bunch dark kale, collard or broccoli leaves, chopped fine (use half as much kale as parsley)
2 small to medium zucchini, cubed small (about 1/4th-inch squares
1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced small
Minced jalapenos, to taste


Garnish:

Pepper Jack cheese, diced into small cubes
3 medium tomatoes, diced small
Kalamata olives
BioSalt (recipe on this blog)


Method:

Mix all listed ingredients together thoroughly, adding lemon juice to taste.
Pack in air-tight containers in the refrigerator.
This keeps well several days because no salt has been added yet.
To serve, salt only your individual serving, to taste.
Garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes and serve.
Remember, DO NOT ADD SALT if you plan on storing any length of time



Notes:

Adding salt or any ingredients containing salt to the quinoa salad makes the juices leach out and get watery and yucky. You will not be able to store it in the refrigerator either.

That includes cheeses, soy sauce, Bragg's Aminos, etc...

Add salt and your salty ingredients only when eating it - because it does need salt!

Ascorbic acid powder added to all of your quinoa Tabouli salads has the big benefits of increasing the salad's shelf-life, keeping it fresh flavored longer. It also keeps the greens crisp and green


Enjoy!

Leila and Nancy