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Lemony Quinoa Salad

By September 29, 2022Recipes

I just love cooking with fresh herbs! The mint and the parsley come together in this recipe with the lemon to really brighten the flavors. This simple yet nutrient dense salad has a bit of everything and can be used as a side on any plate to complete the meal. Red onions are anti-bacterial. Cucumbers are high in electrolytes and are great at nourishing the adrenal glands and the kidneys. This helps reduce anxiety and nervous tension. Mint helps increase circulation to the brain. Parsley is packed with minerals and helps alkalize the body and sweep toxins out the lymphatic system. Truly perfect for fall meal planning. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.


1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 lemons, juiced (about 5-6 Tablespoons)

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

1 cup quinoa uncooked

2 cups water

1 cup cucumber, chopped

½ cup parsley, chopped

½ cup mint, chopped

⅓ cup red onion, chopped


Add quinoa and water to a small pot and bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a glass bowl and let cool completely. (If the quinoa is too warm it will soften and slightly cook the fresh veggies)

In a medium bowl, stir together cooked quinoa, cucumber, parsley, mint, red onion, chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Serve immediately or let the salad chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving.

Store salad in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.



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Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.

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