Refreshing Quinoa-Raisin Salad

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Oh, summer: a dear old friend that I never get tired of. Except when it’s 90% humidity and 95° outside.

It’s safe to say that summer is my favorite season. From the wardrobe, to the outdoor activities, down to summer-themed food, shining sun always seems to be a mood-lifter for me.

Refreshing quinoa salad - great for hot summers because its cool and light! Saynotsweetanne.comOn really hot days, I tend to turn to salads as my main course for their freshness factor and how they’re so light on the belly. I remember being slightly obsessed with spinach salads one year and finding all sorts of ways to prepare them.

This season, I noticed that I’ve often been turning to quinoa for its delicious texture and how it combines so well with so many veggies and nuts. I’ve been making a lot of quinoa based salads and I decided to share one of my favorite quinoa recipes for you to try out and hopefully, enjoy as a healthy, summer meal. Bon appetit!

Refreshing Quinoa-Raisin Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell-pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt, pepper, and dried parsley to taste
  • Pumpkin seeds for garnish

Yields: 2 servings

Directions

  1. Start by preparing your quinoa. In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add quinoa. Let cook for 8 minutes while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
  2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl and add raisins, pepper, and red onion. Mix thoroughly.Refreshing and colorful, this quinoa salad is sure to be one of your best summer meals Refreshing and colorful, this quinoa salad is sure to be one of your best summer meals
  3. Next, add your lemon juice and mix. Top it off with a couple pinches of salt, black pepper, and parsley. Garnish with pumpkin seeds.Refreshing and colorful, this quinoa salad is sure to be one of your best summer meals Refreshing and colorful, this quinoa salad is sure to be one of your best summer meals

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Hello, my name is Lisa and I am so thrilled to be a contributor for the Say Not Sweet Anne blog. I have a knack for developing recipes and adore the art of food photography. You can find more of my foodie work on marblecrumbs.com

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