Quinoa Salad With Grapes and Sweet Peas

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Do you have reservations about quinoa? Or simply need a gluten-free salad recipe to have on hand for days when you’ll need it? You’ll absolutely love this healthy quinoa salad with grapes and sweet peas that is not only gluten-free but suitable for people on a vegan diet as well. 

I love quinoa salads! I could eat them every day and never get tired of them. This quinoa salad recipe, in particular, is my absolute favourite because it contains ingredients that I really like, such as grapes, sweet peas, maple syrup, and cilantro.

It doesn’t take long to get bored with eating the same foods over and over again. That’s where this quinoa salad comes in handy! It is sweet, savoury, and vegan-friendly. It’s delicious and only takes minutes to make.

 

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quinoa – a healthy alternative…

“What are the health benefits of quinoa?” is a question many people ask when they first come across this healthy food item. Some say it’s a fad, but others believe it should be an integral part of your diet and could seriously improve your health. So, is quinoa, and can it help solve your health problems?

You will come across quinoa repeatedly in numerous healthy recipes for people who have made a switch to a strict gluten-free diet. While some people view quinoa as just another name for rice, it is actually a seed rich in numerous and essential nutrients that the body needs – best of all, it is gluten-free.

 

quinoa salad with grapes and sweet peas

 

Following a gluten free-diet, quinoa comes up as an alternative to grains. It is a healthy food, easy to cook, and can be used to make other foods like soups, breakfast loaves, snacks, and salads. Quinoa has a mild taste, and it absorbs the flavour of the food or liquids that it is cooked with.

According to Healthline, “Quinoa is the mother of all grains.” Quinoa earned this title because,

  • It is high in fiber than most grains
  • It contains all essential amino acids, making it a great source of protein
  • It is suitable for the control of blood sugar due to its low glycemic index
  • It is high in essential minerals like magnesium and iron
  • It contains high amounts of antioxidants
  • It improves metabolic health and many more

healthy quinoa salad with grapes and peas…

I bet you want to give the easy quinoa salad recipe a try having learned about all the nutritional benefits of the superfood quinoa. This recipe is so popular that is was featured in Western Living Magazine.

I love making sure that each recipe I create not only meets up with being gluten-free but that it also provides you with all the essential nutrients your body needs without sacrificing taste. 

This quinoa salad with grapes and peas recipe, which has just become my favourite, combines fiber-rich quinoa, whole ingredients such as sweet peas, and few fruit carbs that help balance blood glucose levels. The combination of peas, grapes, and quinoas creates a colourful display that takes the nutritional benefit of this healthy quinoa salad up a notch. 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 6 oz. sweet peas, trimmed
  • 1 cup black grapes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (spring)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste and freshly ground GF black pepper to taste
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    Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine quinoa, sweet peas, green onions, grapes, parsley and cilantro
  • In a separate bowl whisk together garlic, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil. Add to quinoa mixture and season with salt and pepper. Mix everything together
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir just before serving
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