Pomegranate Quinoa Salad
Author - Alyssa Rimmer
|Healthy and protein rich this Pomegranate Quinoa Salad is crunchy and delicious.|
When you're world seems like it's spinning at warp speed and you feel like you're getting left in the dust, there is only one thing to turn to. Your comforts.
For me that means surrounding myself with the people that make me happy, doing the things that bring me joy and cooking the food that makes me light up inside.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is that little miracle food that brings a smile to my face with every bite. No matter what ingredients I throw together, quinoa is always the star. It shines brighter than any other food in my kitchen.
The best thing about quinoa is its reliability. I know that if I'm craving something healthy and nutritious, I can make quinoa. If I want something sinfully delicious, I can make quinoa. If I want something to last me through the day and keep me feeling satisfied, I can make quinoa. Quinoa is my go-to, always.
|A heavenly treat from the gluten-free gods|
|Take advantage of the fabulous pomegranates that are now in season!|
We all worry about the Holidays. Each November, as the weather begins to get colder and the trees are almost bare, our bodies gear up for six solid weeks of eating food. Decadent, rich, delicious, heavenly, guilty, amazing food. Food that is fattening, sweet, and not so healthy, but oh so very tasty.
It begins with Thanksgiving.
For many gluten-free and dairy-free guests, this meal is their worst nightmare. Pumpkin pie, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, you name it and the traditional recipe probably contains gluten / dairy. I'm here to tell you, don't fret, lovely. You have options, and plenty of them.
Thanksgiving at my house is traditionally fairly healthy. I'm lucky because my family is loves natural and whole foods and has embraced my gluten and dairy-free dietary needs. I will be whipping up some fabulous recipes for our meal and I'm sure they will be thrilled.
This brings me to my Pomegranate Quinoa Salad recipe. The best advice I can give you for the Holidays, is to embrace you inner baker and chef and start experimenting with the T-day classics. Don't be afraid to add your twist to it or simply bring something entirely new to the table. That's what I plan on doing. I'm introducing Quinoa to my family's Thanksgiving feast.
|A simple and easy salad to help make the Holidays worry-free.|
Pomegranate Quinoa Salad
My family is in for a treat this Thanksgiving. I'm bringing a guest. A sweet, fabulous, ity-bity guest. I'm bringing Quinoa. Not just any quinoa, though. I'm bringing an amazingly fresh, light and crispy quinoa salad that will help off-set those heavy dairy and gluten laden dishes. I'm excited to share my gluten-free creations with a crowd full of gluten-eaters.
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 2 zucchinis, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 2 leeks, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1 pomegranate
- 1/2 cup toasted pepitas
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
My other Thanksgiving Recipes:
Fall Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash and Apples
Balsamic Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables
Gluten-free Apple Ginger Scones
Gluten-free Pumpkin “Oatmeal” Pancakes
Gluten-free French Toast with Pumpkin Cornbread
Thanksgiving Tips and Recipes from other Gluten-free Bloggers:
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes & Tips 2011 (Gluten-free Goddess)
Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes (Elena's Pantry)
Thanksgiving Recipes (Lexie's Kitchen)
Gluten-free Thanksgiving (Gluten-free Girl and the Chef)
Gluten-free Apple Crisp (Gluten-free Goddess)