Rad{iant} Quinoa Salad

Want to make your skin glow on the cheap? Enjoy radishes now that they are in season! This humble cruciferous vegetable doesn't seem to garner as much attention as its uber popular cousins broccoli and kale... but it should! With its natural zing and satisfying crunch and glow-inducing trifecta sulfur, silica and vitamin C, it's definitely worth adding it to your shopping bag on your next trip to the farmers' market. Then you'll have it on hand to make this light and delicious protein and mineral packed quinoa salad that you can make on a Sunday and enjoy all week. 

One of these is not like the other 😂 Nothing like a little helper who loves healthy foods.

One of these is not like the other 😂 Nothing like a little helper who loves healthy foods.

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BEHIND THE SCENES> Healthy eating starts here :) Emma Kate helping mommy in her photo shoot.

BEHIND THE SCENES> Healthy eating starts here :) Emma Kate helping mommy in her photo shoot.

In this recipe, I also used sprouted quinoa. Sprouting quinoa, meaning, soaking it in water until it sprouts a little "tail" and becomes a living plant bursting with energy, makes this pseudo-grain {it's really a seed!} more easily digested. It's beneficial to soak all of your nuts, seeds and grains before eating to help your body obtain more nutrients from them during the digestion process. By freeing up energy on digestion {experts estimate that digestion takes up 50-80% of our total energy!}, our bodies have more time to focus on beautifying... I'm looking at you crow's feet! :)

So not only does this salad look gorg, it will also help you get your glow on with every satisfying bite. I mean, you are what you eat after all!

~~~UPDATE 5/28/15~~~

Confession: I really hate leftovers. I know I know! But, I can't help it. When I go to eat something I really don't want to eat, it makes me sick, no matter how delicious the recipe. Weird, but true. So, when I had all this Rad{iant} Quinoa Salad left in the fridge, I passed it by and reached around it many times. Then, last night, I decided to reinvent it. And boy oh boy! Best idea. Ever. I think this version tastes better than the original... shh! So, try adding this to your Rad Quinoa Salad for a fresh take on leftovers:

Add in:

  • sprouted lentils
  • more fresh herbs {mint and parsley is what I added tons in of!}
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • cucumber dices
  • sliced rounds of baked Japanese sweet potato on the side
  • about 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast {based on how much you serve yourself, a light sprinkle over top and then mix it in should do the trick!}
  • dulse and cayenne {just a pinch of each!}

And here's the kicker that really elevated the dish...

Maple Tahini Dressing drizzled on top! To make: Combine 1/4 cup tahini {I used raw, but whatever you have should work}, 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp maple syrup, squeeze of lemon, pinch of cayenne and thin with water as needed. Yum yum!

This pretty salad will make you G L O W. A mouth-watering delight of sprouted quinoa, unassuming radishes, fresh herbs and a light lemon vinaigrette. If spring had a flavor, this would be it.

This pretty salad will make you G L O W. A mouth-watering delight of sprouted quinoa, unassuming radishes, fresh herbs and a light lemon vinaigrette. If spring had a flavor, this would be it.

Rad{iant} Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

1 cup sprouted tri-color quinoa

2 cups filtered water

1 cup spring mix {arugula would be so good here too!}

1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced

1/2 cup fresh basil, minced

1/2 cup fresh mint, cut in a chiffonade 

1 cup thinly sliced radishes

1 shallot, minced

handful of pistachios {or your favorite nuts/seeds}

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice of lemon + zest of 1/2 lemon

S&P, to taste {I used dulse to replace the salt and boost mineral content}

Directions: Cook quinoa according to package directions. While quinoa is cooking, wash and prep produce. Once quinoa finishes cooking, set to side to let it cool slightly. Then combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well. Enjoy!