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Mango Quinoa Salad


Lunch is probably the second hardest meal for me to plan for. Dinner is definitely THE HARDEST, but lunch is a runner up. I've been getting stomach aches from eating bad meat in my lunches lately... like bad deli meat in my sandwiches or I didn't cook my meat long enough so it ends up making me sick.

I got so tired of this problem that I decided to make a completely different kind of lunch for myself. I wanted to eat more fresh veggies, and choose a more nutritious, light weight and delicous option. Then I remembered this wonderful mango quinoa salad I had at the Whole Foods Market in Salt Lake City once. So I looked up the recipe and was SO surprised by how incredibly EASY it was to make! 

I made this for my lunch this week and oh-my-goodness it was PERFECT! Light weight, tasty, full of nutrients and veggies and oh-so-delicious!!! 

It's SO EASY to make - all you do is boil the quinoa and toss in the rest of the ingredients!

Here's the recipe straight from the Whole Foods Market blog:


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 ears corn, kernels removed ( or frozen corn or 1 can of corn)
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced (or frozen mango chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.

Add remaining ingredients and toss until combined.

Nutritional Info: 
PER SERVING:270 calories (35 from fat)4g total fat0g saturated fat0mg cholesterol20mg sodium54g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber20g sugar)10g protein
Special Diets: 

Quinoa is a very healthy grain and is considered a "super food" because of how uniquely AWESOME it is.

Here are my 5 favorite reasons why Quinoa rocks:

1. Quinoa contains twice the fiber of other grains

2. Quinoa is the only grain that has ridiculous protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids (whut?!)

3. Quinoa has antioxidants

4. Quinoa has small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (great for brain health)

5. Quinoa contains healthy minerals like manganese and magnesium, which work to help our cells fuction optimally

I hope you try it and enjoy!!! Leave me a comment and tell me if you have a newly discovered favorite salad!

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