I’m definitely in “summer salad” mode – how about you? It’s so nice to have an already prepared salad to eat when you:
a) want to bring lunch to work to avoid the tempting, unhealthy foods in the workplace
b) need a quick bite during that busy weekend project
c) just want to make eating well a bit more convenient
Make a batch, stick it in the fridge, and pull from it all week long. You won’t be disappointed.
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Maybe this is how you get back on track to eating well. One summer salad a week.
Give it a try and see where it takes you.
Quinoa & Beet Salad with Feta
What You Need
1 cup quinoa
4-5 small beets, tops removed
1 TBS Cooking base or stock – I used mushroom base
3/4 cup crumbled feta
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup fresh herbs – basil, sage, or parsley would be good
What You Do
1) Boil your beets. Wash and scrub the beets to remove as much dirt as possible. Place beets in a medium sized pot and fill with water just enough so beets are covered with water. Put on lid and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a hearty simmer and cook until a fork easily pierces through the beet, about 20 minutes.
2) Cook your quinoa. While beets are cooking, cook your quinoa. Add 1.5 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa in a medium to large stock pot. Add base and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until quinoa absorbs water and little quinoa tails sprout from the grain, about 20 minutes.
*Some varieties of quinoa take longer to cook. You may need to add a bit more water during the cooking process so keep an eye on it.
3) Slice your beets. Once beets are tender (when a fork easily pierces through), drain and rinse in cool water. The skin will easily peel away – peel it all off. Keep the tails if you like. Slice each beet into wedges, however small or large you like.
4) Put it all together. Pour quinoa into a large mixing bowl. Add beets, feta, lime juice and herbs. Toss and serve.
Looking for some additional summer salad inspiration? Try one of these:
Switch up your salad dressing with this yogurt-based Asiago Peppercorn Dressing
What are your favorite summer salads? Share your go-to recipe with us in a comment below!