Quinoa is a whole grain rich in soluble fiber that may help to reduce low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol levels — the bad cholesterol. Using quinoa in salads and side dishes is a great way to add fiber to your diet. It can even replace ground turkey or beef in many recipes, because it is also an excellent source of protein. This quinoa salad is a great recipe to use up your leftover vegetables.
This recipe and photo were contributed by Kelsi Nishina, University of Hawaii dietetic student.
*Recommended herb blends include Italian seasoning, which is a standard Mediterranean blend of rosemary, thyme, oregano, and basil; or herbes de Provence, which refers to a mixture of dried savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano from southern France. Lavender is often added in American versions.