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Raw Sprouted Sundried Tomato Quinoa Salad

People often ask me where they can get their protein if they are going to stop eating meat. Well, unlike wheat or rice, the ancient grain quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids which make it a complete protein source. Quinoa is inexpensive (usually found in the bulk section of the local health food store) and super versatile. You can make cereal with it, pancakes, and even bake gluten-free treats with quinoa flour. We combine it with crunchy, raw cashews, zesty sundried tomatoes and organic broccoli for this creamy, raw, sprouted, gluten-free quinoa salad. Make it for a tasty lunch, snack or dinner. You can also prepare this salad with cooked quinoa (my fave) if you don’t have the patience for sprouting (although it’s pretty easy). Either way, yum!

Makes: approx: 3 cups  |  Preparation Time: 10-20mins (not including soaking and dehydrating)

Tools:
Blender

Ingredients:
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
1 cup sprouted quinoa (can use cooked quinoa)
3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked
1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked and dehydrated (you can use soaked cashews, but we are going for crunch here, and soaked will be soft)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp organic lemon juice
1/4 clove organic garlic
1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup organic, sundried tomatoes
2 tsp fresh, organic, chopped parsley
1/2 cup organic broccoli, chopped
1/4 tsp Celtic or pink Himalayan sea salt

Let’s Get Started:
Place the 3/4 cup soaked cashews, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt into a blender and mix until super smooth. In a large bowl, place your quinoa, sundried tomatoes, broccoli and parsley and then pour in your blender mixture. Mix well, place in a serving bowl or dish, top with your soaked and dehydrated cashews and enjoy. For lunch, try placing a scoop on a large green salad and drizzle on some balsamic vinaigrette. Wow.

Raw Sprouted Sundried Tomato Quinoa Salad

You can store this salad for about 5 days in the refrigerator.

 

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  1. Lisa

    I couldn’t get the blender mixture to liquify. It has the consistency of a thick dip. I don’t have a Vita Mix, is that the problem? Also did you soak your sun dried tomatoes?

    Thanks, Lisa

    • Lisa,
      It helps to have a high-powered blender, but you can always add a bit more water if you need to and just blend for a while longer. I didn’t soak my sundried tomatoes, but you can if you are using a blender without a super strong motor. Just make sure you soak everything for while to make it soft before you blend. Good luck!

  2. Lisa

    I decided to get a Vita Mix turbo since I’m committed to a plant based diet. I’m on your website everyday and have made several of your recipes-all delicious. Thanks for all your time and effort in extolling this lifestyle.

    • Thank YU for being a part of the community Lisa, that’s what it is all about. Keep having fun with it!

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