Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

By ryanmmurano

Quinoa is similar to a grain but doesn't contain gluten.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
  • 2/3 cup red quinoa or regular quinoa

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 2 6 - ounce can very low-sodium chunk white tuna, drained

  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed

  • 1/2 of a small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup bottled light Italian salad dressing

  • 3/4 cup halved grape tomatoes, halved cherry tomatoes, or chopped tomatoes

  • Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves (optional)

  1. In a fine-mesh stainer, rinse quinoa under cold running water; drain. In a small saucepan, combine the 1-1/2 cups water and quinoa. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain quinoa, if necessary.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine tuna, peas and carrots, onion, and salad dressing. Lightly toss to combine. Add hot cooked quinoa to slightly soften the vegetables. Cool to room temperature.

  3. Stir in tomatoes just before serving. To serve, if desired, spoon salad mixture over lettuce leaves on serving plates. Makes 4 (1-1/3 cup) servings.

Nutritional Facts

Calories - 278
Carbohydrates - 27g
Saturated Fat - 1g
Protein - 27g
Sodium - 315mg
Dietary Fiber - 4g

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