Simply Satisfying – Super Summer Salad

Quinoa, Arugula, Tomatoes, Cucumber & Mango – Spicy Citrus Dressing

Quinoa Salad with Arugula, etcd.Have you ever used quinoa in a salad? If not, try this one.  The combination of crunchy, soft, sweet & tart works really well here.  This is a healthy AND delicious summer salad.  It has a fresh flavor and the dressing has a sweet/sharp taste.

First rinse & drain 1 cup of quinoa.  In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of  water *(I prefer using chicken or veggie broth for added flavor), the quinoa, 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil & a pinch of kosher salt to a boil.  Cook like rice (ratio is 2-1) – reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Uncover, fluff with a fork, transfer to a plate or bowl, and set aside to let cool.

In a large bowl toss together – arugula, halved cherry tomatoes, ½ english cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced, ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced & 1 diced mango.  Add a bit of the dressing (1/4 cup or more).

Spoon quinoa over arugula salad, drizzle with a bit more dressing & sprinkle with chopped cilantro.  Serve.  Add more dressing as desired.

*TIP – for quinoa broth I use 2 cups of water and add 2 tsp. of organic “better than bouillon” reduced sodium chicken base or concentrated vegetable base.  Either will give it loads of flavor.  Available at whole foods or your local health food store.

Spicy Citrus Dressing

¾ freshly squeezed orange juice (from 2 or 3 oranges)

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

1 ½ Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1 lime)

1 tsp. honey

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 clove of garlic, very finely chopped

1 small jalapeño, seeded & very finely chopped (if you don’t have jalapeño you can use a little cayenne)

½ tsp. ancho chile powder (optional)

½ tsp. kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined.  Makes about 1 ¼ cups. Pour into a glass container & shake. You’ll have enough dressing leftover for another salad. You can also use it as a marinade for chicken or fish.

A great barbeque or pot luck salad