Monday, June 10, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Quinoa Salad w/Peas, Favas, Lemon, and Feta

If you’re looking for a fresh, light summer salad that will still fill you up than check out this amazing Quinoa Salad w/Peas, Favas, Lemon, and Feta that we found!  This salad is packed full of protein which will leave you satisfied long after the plate has been cleared.  PLUS, one of the key ingredients is Fava Beans which are very high in Potassium.  What does that mean for your skin?  It just so happens that Potassium keeps your cells hydrated and your skin internally moisturized!  No one wants dry, cracked skin, and eating enough Potassium can help your skin stay hydrated from the inside out!

 

quinoa fava bean pea lemon salad

 

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken stock or water
2 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
¾ cup English peas
¾ cup fava beans
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup watercress
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock and ½ teaspoon of the salt to a boil. Add the quinoa, lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pan, and cook for 15 minutes. The quinoa will absorb all the water. Transfer to a large bowl to cool, about 15 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring about 3 cups water and the remaining 2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Blanch the peas and lima beans in the water for about 1 minute. Drain the water and immediately submerge the peas and lima beans in a bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process and keep their color.

 

Add the blanched peas, lima beans, and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl with the quinoa. Toss and serve at room temperature or chilled.

 

Source: Canelle et Vanille

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