Ricotta Quinoa Tomato Salad

Ok, as you probably can tell by now, I LOVE quinoa. It’s packed with protein with a great texture. It’s like a really good-looking actor who is also freaking amazing at his craft, and is super smart….and handsome…did I already mention that?…ahem*Denzel Washington* ahem.

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Anyhoo, as I am embarking into the world of eating cleaner, I have decided to become more creative and adventurous in my food combinations, especially for the big kahunas like lunch and dinner. And because I have the appetite of a baby dinosaur, I wanted to make sure I made a meal that was both tasty, satisfying, and easy to make….*enter the ricotta quinoa tomato salad*

Ok, a few things about the ingredients:

  1. Ricotta: A great source of protein (14 g for a 1/2 cup), gives me calcium for strong bones, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to help fight cancer and heart disease, great source of vitamin A, riboflavin, and vitamin B-12.
  2. Quinoa: aside from being a great protein source, this whole grain is also renowned for its health benefits of vital minerals like iron, B-vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber.
  3. Grape Tomato: Obviously an amazing fruit, the grape tomato is a great source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin A,  calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

So, let’s get to that recipe

Serving size: 1 person

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa)
  • 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
  • Ground Pepper (optional)

Recipe

  1. Cut the grape tomatoes in half length-wise and put into a bowl. Mix in salt and vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix parsley and cooked quinoa into a mixing bowl and mix together. Scoop into the serving dish (or leave in mixing bowl…your choice)  
  3. Add ricotta cheese
  4. Top with marinated tomatoes and ground pepper (optional)
  5. Enjoy!


I am happy to say this dish was SO easy to put together. It almost astounded me that a dish this flavorful and delicious took me less than 15 minutes to put together; it’s a nice little recipe to keep under my belt to both impress my tastebuds and my short attention-span/patience when it comes to cooking/feeding my hungry belly.

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What are your thoughts about this recipe? Got other ideas for using quinoa or ricotta cheese? Please comment and share below!


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