Basil Quinoa Salad

Basil Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
2 avocados (diced)
1 cup artichoke heart (chopped)
1/4 cup basil (chopped)
2 tbsps pine nuts* (toasted)
2 tbsps capers* (taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion (thinly sliced)
3 tbsps balsamic vinegar
2 tbsps lemon juice
2 tbsps lemon zest
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
pepper
* you can leave these items out if you desire

Instructions
1. Bring the quinoa and water to boil. When the water boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the water is absorbed, approximately 10 minutes. When cooked, quinoa has a texture similar to perfectly cooked pasta, or rice. Strain and rinse well under cold water.
2. While the quinoa is cooking, in a skillet heat olive oil over medium heat and saute the onions until transparent.
3. Prepare the vinaigrette by combining the ingredients and whisking.
4. In a large salad bowl, toss all of the ingredients together, including caramelized onions and the vinaigrette.

Nutrient Info:
6 servings
Per serving: 361 calories, 7g protein, 25g fat, 3 g saturated fat

Per serving: 361 calories, 7g protein, 25g fat, 3 g saturated fat

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