I found a variation of this recipe online when I was searching for quinoa and tuna recipes. I altered it slightly and it turned out great! —JessicaPruitt
For the Salad
coconut oil to toast the quinoa
canned albacore tuna, drained
cooked chick peas
organic grape tomatos
fresh basil, chopped
for the dressing
extra virgin olive oil
juice of 2 large lemons
cloves garlic, minced
of red chili pepper flakes
Salt, Freshly ground pepper to taste
In This Recipe
Rinse the quinoa well and drain. This is important because it gets rid of the bitter coating of the grain.
In a medium sized pot, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil over med- high heat and add the quinoa to toast it. Toast for 2-3 minutes to give the quinoa a rich, toasted flavor.
Add the water and broth and stir. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to simmer. This step takes about 15-20 minutes. You want the quinoa soft but not mushy so test the quinoa after 15 minutes. If the quinoa seems soft but too wet, turn up the heat and cook uncovered over high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool. (I placed my in the refridgerator for 15 minutes)
In a small bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together and taste. It will be tangy but the quinoa will absorb that.
Place the quinoa in a serving bowl, fluffing as you pour it in. Add the rest of the ingredients and top with dressing. Toss well and serve!