This is a yummy and nourishing quinoa arugula salad for any season. It is full of good protein from the quinoa and the pumpkin seeds. It is a whole meal in one bowl.
There are many health benefits of quinoa. It is gluten-free because it is not a grain, it is a vegetable seed related to Swiss chard, spinach, and beets. Quinoa is pronounced KEEN-wa not kwin-o-a. It is filling like a grain and has much more protein than grains and is considered a smart carb. It is an antiseptic alkaline-forming food that is low in calories and is a great source of riboflavin. It is the star in this quinoa arugula salad!
Pumpkin seeds are so good that I add them to many of my meals. The bonus nutrient value is that they are the only seed that is alkaline-forming.
Arugula with its aromatic, peppery flavour adds a wonderful dimension to a salad and to your sex life too. It is also known by other names such as salad rocket, garden rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, or colewort. It is creat for cleansing and detoxifying the body as well as reducing inflammation.
Cucumbers are the perfect summer veggie that keeps your body hydrated, strong, and happy. They hydrate your body and help to flush out toxins. They are good for treating high blood pressure and for weight loss and may help fight cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are highly alkaline-forming and may help reduce cholesterol and help with diabetes.
Red pepper is my favourite; I think that is because it is sweeter. The peppers have 2 times as much vitamin C as oranges; red and yellow peppers have 4 times as much.
Olives are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients as well as a number of flavonoid and phytonutrients. They are a very good source of copper, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamin E.
Avocado is bursting with lots of health benefits and are so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe. Read the details and check out the infographic on this wonderful Superfood. Some people avoid avocados due to their high-fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually helps you lose weight!
Olive oil was referred to as “Liquid Gold” by the famous Greek poet Homer. If you are what you eat, what would happen if you consumed “Liquid Gold” daily? Extra-virgin olive oil (cold-pressed) is the best fat to use as a salad dressing. Do not use for cooking. It has a low smoke point and heat makes it susceptible to oxidative damage. Olive oil has so many health benefits I include some every day when I eat my salad. Make sure you are using real olive oil. Have you heard of the olive oil fraud?
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Here is the recipe for my Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salad Dressing.
It tastes great on the tempeh salad. This olive oil lemon juice salad dressing is always enjoyed by everyone who has it with one of my salads. This is why I created the exact recipe years ago.
I love to eat salads with a healthy salad dressing and always make my own salad dressings. It is the salad dressing that makes it a healthy or unhealthy salad. A healthy salad is often ruined by drenching it with a highly-processed salad dressing from the supermarket which is not healthy as it is filled with artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives, sugar, and white distilled vinegar (which is hard on the digestive system).
Time to make quinoa arugula salad!
Quinoa Arugula Salad
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 handfuls arugula
- 1 small handful parsley chopped
- 1/4 red pepper chopped
- 1 small cucumber sliced into rounds
- 1/2 avocado chopped
- 5 pitted olives
- 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/4-1/3 cup light olive oil salad dressing
- Cut an avocado in half and scoop out the flesh. Chop the avocado.
- Chop the parsley finely.
- Mix in the olive oil salad dressing.
- Mix in the cucumber, parsley, and cooked quinoa.
- Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top.
- Now sit down and enjoy this delicious salad.
I hope you enjoyed my quinoa arugula salad.
This is one serving but if you are a big eater you may need to double the ingredients.
Tip: If you want to make extra for the next day, do not mix the salad dressing, cucumber or pumpkin seeds in. A mix of the basic ingredients will last 3 days in the fridge.
Here is my favourite quinoa: truRoots Organic Quinoa 100% Whole Grain Premium Quality.
More quinoa recipes:
Deluxe Quinoa Pudding This is an extra special quinoa pudding made from my favorite grain that as we now know is really a seed. You can simply cook it on top of the stove in a pot till it is the consistency you like, but baking it makes it extra yummy! The raisins and dried apricots add a very tasty sweetness. I love pecans and that is what for me makes it a deluxe pudding. You can use other nuts if you prefer.
Quinoa Coconut Almond Porridge – Sugarless is a great breakfast.
Quinoa with Pomegranate and Cashews – What an exotic delicious combination this quinoa with pomegranate and cashews dish is! Also, it is a very filling meal full of nutrients. The good news is that it is exceptionally easy to make in minutes.
Some more of my favorite Salad Recipes
Healthy Carrot Salad – This carrot salad with black currants and sunflower seeds is especially unique and so tasty. Also, it is filling too.
Power Spinach Salad–This spinach salad is full of healthy greens that is one of the highest alkaline-forming foods and spinach is full of vitamins A, K, and D. This is very simple and tasty salad to make and is full of superfoods; everyone I have served it to enjoys it very much.
Delicious Mandarin Orange Kale Salad – This mandarin orange kale salad is a smart tasty way to get some healthy greens into a meal. Adding the mandarins along with the sweet bell peppers makes this a very healthy and tasty salad. I have found that this salad can be a full meal which is filling for dinner.
Tasty Arugula Salad with Pecans –This arugula salad is extra delicious with the addition of pecans. Yum! All the ingredients in this salad are healthy and so it is very good for you. A salad a day is always a good idea as it is a way to get more vegetables into our diet.
Tasty Olive Salad Appetizer for Your Meals and Parties – I created this yummy olive salad appetizer recipe just this week and it truly was tasty. I love the colorful salad it became with the addition of the red peppers and green chives. Food needs to have a range of colours to be tasty. Also. this is a healthy olive salad that is great as an appetizer or a side for your meal. It is even great for a party.
Shiitake Mushroom Salad with Walnuts is Very Tasty – This shiitake mushroom salad is extra delicious with the addition of walnuts. Yum! All the ingredients in this salad are healthy and so it is very good for you. A salad a day is always a good idea as it is a great way to get more vegetables into our diet.
Delicious, Beautiful Avocado Grapefruit Salad –This tasty grapefruit salad is so beautiful and delicious. Red grapefruit is full of lycopene, which is more easily absorbed with some oil, thus the avocados and olive oil. Grapefruit is a very good fruit for the winter with all the vitamin C in it and it has fat flushing benefits
Delightfully Delicious Wild Rice Salad–This wild rice salad is delicious, nourishing and filling. It has tasty colorful vegetables in it to give the wild rice a good contrast and is a crunchy salad for lunch or dinner. A very good thing about this salad is it is a whole meal in a bowl which means there are not lots of dishes to wash after eating this delicious meal. Also, I love wild rice!
Cool Summer Salad for Dinner – A summer salad is just what is best for a hot day. Who feels like cooking dinner on a hot summer day? Not me! Let’s keep cool! This summer salad doesn’t require any cooking and only takes 10 minutes. The best meal to fill you up with protein is for dinner and this salad has plenty of protein from almonds, pumpkin seeds, and tahini.