A Warm Winter Day Treat: Nutritious and Cozy Quinoa Salad

Dec 07, 2023

Hey Phoenix Fitness Family!

You know how Colorado winters usually go – chilly, snowy, and all about cozy sweaters. But guess what? Mother Nature is throwing us a delightful curveball with a gorgeous 60-degree day right in the middle of winter! It's like a sneak peek of spring in the heart of the cold season. So, in celebration of this unexpected warmth, I've got the perfect recipe for you. It's a quinoa salad that’s not just packed with health benefits but also radiates a bit of that sunshine vibe we all miss during winter.

Recipe: ‘Brief Glimpse of Spring’ Quinoa Salad

Gather Your Ingredients:

  • Quinoa, 1 cup (for that wholesome goodness)
  • Water, 2 cups (simple and essential)
  • Cherry Tomatoes, 1 cup, halved (for a hint of summer)
  • Avocado, 1, diced (because who doesn't love avocados?)
  • Cucumber, 1/2, diced (for a fresh crunch)
  • Red Onion, 1/4 cup, finely chopped (adding a little sharpness)
  • Fresh Cilantro, 1/4 cup, chopped (herbs to brighten the day)
  • Feta Cheese, 1/4 cup, crumbled (for that creamy delight)
  • Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons (the good kind of fat)
  • Lime, juice of 1 (for a citrusy zing)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: Grilled Chicken or Shrimp (for a protein boost)

Cooking Up Some Sunshine:

  1. Kick off with cooking the quinoa. Bring the water to a boil, add in the quinoa, and let it simmer until it's fluffy. Let it cool because this salad is cool as a cucumber!
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cooled quinoa with the tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, onion, and cilantro. It's like tossing in a rainbow!
  3. For the dressing, whisk olive oil, lime juice, and a dash of salt and pepper in a small bowl. This simple dressing is going to tie everything together beautifully.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over your salad and toss it well. Make sure every quinoa grain gets a little taste of that dressing.
  5. Add the feta cheese on top for a creamy texture and rich flavor.
  6. If you're looking for more protein, grilled chicken or shrimp are great additions to this salad.

Nutritional Information (per serving, without optional protein):

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbs: 45g
  • Fats: 12g
  • Fiber: 6g

Closing Thoughts: There you go – a ‘Brief Glimpse of Spring’ Quinoa Salad that’s perfect for this surprise warm day in our Colorado winter. It’s nourishing, flavorful, and a little reminder of the sunny days ahead. Whether you're stepping out to enjoy this brief warmth or just want to bring a bit of sunshine into your home, this salad is the way to go. It’s a celebration of good health and those rare, warm winter moments. Give it a try and let those flavors take you on a mini escape from the cold!