Easy Garlic Quinoa Salad

This recipe is adapted from Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family cookbook. I first made this recipe in Cynthia's Whole Foods Production class at Bastyr University. It is an easy recipe to make and works great for leftovers! Eat cold, hot or room temperature. 

Quinoa has an excellent nutritional profile with 10.5 grams of protein per cup. This unique whole grain, which was a staple food of the Incas, is also rich in calcium and iron.

Ingredients

1 cup dry quinoa
1 3⁄4 cup water
1⁄2 tsp sea salt
1⁄2 cup carrots, chopped
1⁄3 cup parsley, minced
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
4 clove garlic, minced
1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp tamari 

Directions

Rinse quinoa with warm water and drain through a fine strainer. Place quinoa, salt and water in a 2-quart pot. Bring water to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Tip pan to the side to make sure all the water has been absorbed. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes uncovered, then fluff with a fork.

Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl. Add carrots, seeds and parsley to quinoa. Mix thoroughly. Combine garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and tamari; pour over quinoa and toss well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.