Quinoa Salad with Artichoke Hearts

Quinoa Salad with Artichoke Hearts

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.

precooked rice 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.

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!)

Quinoa Salad with Artichoke HeartsI 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.

Quinoa Salad with Artichoke Hearts

 

Quinoa Salad with Artichoke Heart

This quinoa salad with artichoke hearts is quick and easy to throw together.  It is kid friendly and works well in school lunch boxes.

Course Salad, school lunch box, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 313 kcal
Author Cindy Rainey

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa precooked
  • 1 7 ounce jar artichoke hearts chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon
  • Italian seasoning to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain and chop the artichoke hearts.

  2. Add to quinoa along with lemon juice.  If the artichokes are not marinated in seasoning, add a little Italian seasoning to taste.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Salad with Artichoke Heart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Potassium 478mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 4%
Iron 21.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

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