Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad

I know what you're thinking-what is Quinoa, and why would I want to make a salad with it?


Quinoa is actually the seed of the plant it comes in a variety of colors. It has more protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals than many other grains. It is a great substitute for white rice. Harvard (TH Chan School of Public Health) says "One cup cooked provides about 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Unlike some plant proteins, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own. Quinoa is also naturally gluten-free and can be eaten safely if one has gluten intolerance such as celiac disease."