Citrus Quinoa Salad

Did you know that today is National Donut Day? Time to take your car out for a spin in Walmart’s parking lot!

Just make sure you’ve got the other kind of donuts in the backseat in case you need to bribe the cops that pull you over.

But when you’re done gorging yourself on Krispy Crème, you might want something a little healthy to help you recover from that sugar coma. Like this Citrus Quinoa Salad. The original recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction had chicken too, but I adapted this to be more of a side for the pork tenderloins my family ate last night.

Quinoa is one of those foods that didn’t really get a lot of attention until recent years here in the U.S., BUT it’s not for nothing. Quinoa is a great source of protein, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and also has a low glycemic index that prevents your blood sugar from spiking drastically. Unlike donuts.

This salad in particular takes like sunshine and summertime happiness. It has a unique citrus flavor and keeps you full much longer than a leaf salad. Besides, who wants to eat romaine all the time? Spice it up and give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • Dressing
    • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
    • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
    • 2 Tbsp honey

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Transfer to a large skillet pan and add 4 Tbsp olive oil, garlic, paprika, and salt. Heat on medium for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.photo 1
  2. Whisk together ingredients for dressing.photo 2
  3. Combine quinoa mixture, oranges, avocado, and dressing in a bowl and serve when ready. You can also keep it chilled and serve it that way. It depends on your preference! Enjoy!photo 3
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