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
Quinoa -“Jing” and Kidney Support
Olive Oil- Omegas
Crushed Red Pepper- Blood Flow
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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