Marinated Leek and Mushroom Quinoa Salad

This recipe is from my Quinoa and Walnut Basil Pesto Stuffed Peppers. The quinoa mix is used to the stuff the peppers, but it’s great to use as a separate dish for quinoa alone!

You will need:

– 2 cups uncooked quinoa

– 2 cups sliced mushrooms, crimini, shitake, whatever you prefer

– 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leeks

– 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped in half

– 1 thinly sliced garlic clove

– 1 tbsp hemp seeds

– 1 tbsp sesame seeds

– 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

For the marinade you will need: 

– 1 tbsp olive oil

– 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

– juice of 1 lemon

– 1 tsp tumeric

– 1 tsp fenugreek (optional)

– 1/2 tsp pepper

– 1/2 tsp salt

You will also need a large mixing bowl for the quinoa.

Step 1:

First we need to prepare the quinoa. Quinoa is prepared just like rice, 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. Since we are using 2 cups of quinoa, we will add 4 cups of water to a large pot along with the quinoa. Cook the quinoa on high heat until the water boils, then turn down to medium to

Step 2:

After the veggies and nutritional yeast are chopped and in a bowl, we must prepare the marinade. In a separate bowl, mix in the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon, turmeric, fenugreek and salt and pepper.

Pour the mix over the veggies,mix together then cover and set aside to marinate, at least 2 hours, preferably up to 4. Your mixture should look something like this:

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LOVELY!!

The juice from the tomatoes will soak into the olive oil, vinegar and lemon, making a great juicy marinade.

Step 3:

Now, time to prepare the rest of the quinoa stuffing.

In your huge bowl of quinoa, mix in:

– 3 grated carrots

– 1 handful parsley, thinly sliced

– 1 handful cilantro, thinly sliced

– juice of 1 lemon or lime

– 1 tsp paprika

– 1 tsp salt

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Beautiful colors!

After the parsley, carrots and cilantro are chopped and in the bowl, throw in the mushroom leek marinade, and mix. You should now have a beautifully colored quinoa salad:

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And you are ready to eat!

Squeeze a lemon over your salad, it gives it an extra kick and makes it taste heavenly!!

This can be eaten as a meal on its own, or a side dish to something else.

Enjoy!

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