True Lemon Basil Quinoa Salad

True Lemon basil quinoa salad in a white bowl
Description

Move over, couscous! This hunger-satisfying salad packs a protein punch, keeping you full throughout the day with one tasty meal. Recipe adapted from Heart Healthy Living Magazine.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 packets True Lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 15-oz can kalamata olives, drained (can substitute red kidney beans, if desired)
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped, seeded tomato
1/2 cup sliced green onion
2 cups torn lettuce (bibb or butter)
1/2 cup additional chopped vegetables (optional), such as yellow peppers, broccoli, or asparagus

Directions
  1. Put basil in food processor with Parmesan, True Lemon, olive oil, garlic, dash of salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, stir cooked quinoa, olives, cucumber, tomato, and green onion. Mix in additional vegetables, if desired.
  3. Add basil dressing, and stir to coat.
  4. Mix in lettuce, and serve!