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Sexy Vegetarian Recipe: Summer Basil Quinoa Salad

Sexy Vegetarian Recipe: Summer Basil Quinoa Salad

By Rachel Venokur-Clark, Green Options

In my article Sexy Vegetarian Food, I explained how simple it is to eat vegetarian or vegan and still get all the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy sex life. I will be posting some recipes that incorporate sexy ingredients so you can start cooking healthier, eating greener and getting your groove on tonight.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4-6 servings as a main course

Sexy Ingredients:

Quinoa -“Jing” and Kidney Support
Olive Oil
- Omegas
Crushed Red Pepper
- Blood Flow
Pine Nuts-
Onions and Garlic
- Blood Purifying

1 cup Quinoa-rinsed
1/2 of a Red Onion-sliced
2 whole Tomatoes-chopped
1 Cucumber-peeled and chopped
1/2 cup fresh Basil-chopped
1/4 cup Pine Nuts-quickly toasted in a dry pan until fragrant and set aside for garnish

4 Garlic Cloves-minced
1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1) Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add Quinoa, cover and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes or until water is fully absorbed. Set aside and let cool.

2) Whisk together all dressing ingredients except Olive oil. When combined, slowly whisk in Olive Oil, a little at a time to allow oil and vinegar to mix.

3) Toss all salad ingredients with dressing and garnish with Pine Nuts.

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8:23PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

yum, thanks!

3:23PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

It sounds delicious, I will try it. Thank you.

7:09PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

With all my basil growing, this was a no-brainer. And really good :)

12:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

great idea! I have a ton of basil growing!

12:14AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:52PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

This is one of my favorite recipes. I really cannot find a quinoa recipe that my husband & I like more!! It may need a quick splash of balsamic vinegar to refresh the flavor if/when you're eating it leftover.

5:28PM PST on Nov 10, 2010

beautiful. just made it for dinner. refreshing!

3:23AM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

I might have to buy an extra bunch of basil for this, but it is going on my menu plan for next week.
Thank you for sharing.

7:31AM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

Sounds yummy, even though I am still an unrepentant omnivore ;-)

3:12AM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

Firstly i thought no-one should EVER eat animals, but as i looked at nature i saw it was cruel, and yet natural. We will never change the pecking order of life. I think it is absoloutely outrageous the way in which the majority of animals are 'produced'. NO animal should be produced for our consumption, we are not better than these animals. They deserve respect, humanity and the life they were born to lead. I do however no longer think they should not be eaten.

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