Quinoa + Lime Salad
Quinoa Salad has totally been our go to dish this summer. Because it’s easy, healthy and full of flavor. And, it’s also gluten-free and dairy-free – which matters to us now that Sam has a bunch of (super lame) dietary restrictions.
Growing up in Hawaii, we ate rice every day – sometimes with every meal. I’m still loyal to my rice dishes, and it took me a while to embrace quinoa. I found that the trick is to use the grain in new dishes, rather than trying to sub it in to be healthier with my favorite recipes. This Quinoa and Lime Salad is a perfect example. This recipe simply wouldn’t be as good with rice. And it wouldn’t be as filling, either; quinoa is a protein powerhouse.
I’ve made this Quinoa Salad several times on a Sunday, and left it in the fridge for us to eat all week. It’s wonderful as a side dish if we end up grilling meat or making other dishes – but it also holds its own for an entree as well. It’s also a perfect picnic or BBQ dish because, unlike so many of the classic potluck dishes, this one isn’t smothered in mayo or cheese. In fact, I can tell you from experience that it holds up well in the sunshine! And the avocados right now? Man they are creamy and delicious. Add a few extras to this dish if you’re an avocado phene like I am.
So make a batch and pack a few spoons. And get out there and enjoy the last weeks of summer!