Quinoa is an ingredient that most people are not familiar with, but this protein packed powerhouse is perfect for a light yet filling carb free meal. Quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids making it a complete protein source. It is also gluten free, easy to digest, a good source of dietary fibre, and is high in magnesium and iron.
I decided to toss the Quinoa with dried fruit and nuts to give it a Mediterranean flair that is exotic and delicious. This can be eaten as a main dish or you could omit the chicken and have it as a side. It's delicious either way!
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Handful of grilled chicken
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
1/4 cup toasted almond slivers
Rind from 1 lemon
Lemon juice from half a lemon
1 tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup cooked Quinoa (as per package instructions)
Once the Quinoa has cooled down, toss in the cranberries, figs, almond slivers, chicken and lemon rind. Squeeze lemon juice on top and drizzle in the olive oil and mix well. Add some salt and pepper. This can be made the night before and kept in the fridge.