This quinoa salad with artichoke hearts it so easy to throw together, it’s almost embarrassing to call it a recipe! It is vegan and plant-based. Flavor with a little lemon juice and Italian seasonings, and that’s it. I developed it to go in my back-to-school lunch box project. Kids are not usually willing to try strong flavors, so this is a perfect little cold salad to try in their lunch boxes.
I use ready to serve quinoa I buy at the store. You can make your own if you’d like. I find this just one more step I don’t have to think about.
For another quick and easy salad the whole family will love, try my Mango Rice and Black Bean Salad.
Just what is quinoa? This high in protein, gluten-free grain became a little trendy a few years ago. I remember the first time I excitedly told a co-worker about this great dish I tried at a restaurant. I pronounced it just like it’s spelled though. Go ahead and look at it, then pronounce it that way and laugh at me! She was kind enough to correct me with a gentle “I think it’s pronounced KEEN-wah.” Oh the shame…
Quinoa has been called an ancient grain but it’s actually a seed. It’s high in fiber and is a powerhouse of nutrients. When you cook it, it has a funny little curl like a tail that pops out of it. That’s how you know it’s done. (See, I do cook things – I just don’t always have time for it!)
I also use jarred artichokes. Make sure that you get the kind that are marinated in a little seasoning. If they aren’t seasoned, then you will need to sprinkle in some Italian seasonings. Just drain the artichokes and chop up. Toss with the precooked quinoa, add a little lemon and you are done! You have a quick and easy quinoa salad.
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Quinoa Salad with Artichoke Heart
- 1 cup quinoa precooked
- 1 7 ounce jar artichoke hearts chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon
- Italian seasoning to taste
- Drain and chop the artichoke hearts.
- Add to quinoa along with lemon juice. If the artichokes are not marinated in seasoning, add a little Italian seasoning to taste.