This is a sponsored post for Chopped Quinoa Salad with Broccoli written by me on behalf of Vigo Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.
Finely chopped vegetables are added to this healthy quinoa salad tossed in a light vinaigrette. Perfect for potlucks and picnics.
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The heat is on, at least here in “Hotlanta”. Instead of spring weather, we have gone straight to muggy, humid summer weather. However there is a bright side to this weather. First off I do not want to turn the oven on. Second I do not want to eat a hot, heavy meal. What does that mean? Salads baby!
The idea of a delicious quinoa salad has been calling my name. In this case I used Vigo Quinoa. Since quinoa is naturally gluten free and has more protein than most other grains, it is a favorite of mine. Vigo Quinoa in particular is a staple in my pantry as it is pre-washed. In other words, it is not bitter. Yeah!
Did you know quinoa is actually a seed and people have been eating it for over 5000 years? That is a time tasted food. Quinoa is also versatile. Toss it in salads, soups or even replace your bowl of oatmeal with a bowl of quinoa for breakfast. It has a mild nutty flavor which will make your taste buds sing.
This quinoa salad would not be complete without the vinaigrette. Vigo Olive Oil is imported from Italy and from the first cold press. Notably Vigo extra virgin olive oil has a fruity and pungent taste with a slightly peppery finish. Furthermore, Vigo Extra Virgin Olive Oil has no saturated fat, cholesterol or additives. Thus making a light Italian flavored vinaigrette for this quinoa salad.
There is a cool contest below you can enter for a chance to win a Vigo gift box. Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite Vigo products and what you love to make with them. You can Shop Vigo’s online store for all their products or visit your local Publix store. I just got a sneak peak at the gift boxes and I am blown away. Wow is it incredible. Don’t forget about this healthy Chopped Quinoa Salad with Broccoli too. Your family is going to love this easy casserole for dinner.
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Quinoa Broccoli Chopped Salad
Serving size 1/2 cup
- 3 cups water
- 1 ½ cups Vigo quinoa
- 4 cups roughly chopped broccoli
- 2 cups chopped carrot
- 2 cup seedless grapes
- ½ cup chopped shallot
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp . Vigo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 ½ tsp Italian spice mix
- 1 tsp . kosher salt
- ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
Bring water to boil in a small saucepan.
Stir in quinoa. Cover and reduce to a simmer.
Simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until quinoa is done.
Set aside to cool.
Place broccoli in a food processor and pulse until broccoli is very finely diced. Pour into a large bowl.
Repeat with carrot, then grapes and finally shallots adding all to the bowl of broccoli.
Add quinoa to bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together garlic and vinegar.
Whisk in olive oil and remaining ingredients.
Pour over quinoa mixture.
Refrigerate for an hour.
I calculated 2 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
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