It’s high in fiber, iron, and vitamin C, so you can see all the healthy reasons why actress Jennifer Aniston loves this simple quinoa salad. Think of it as a bulked-up tabbouleh, since detoxifying parsley lays the base of the greens, while a scoop of quinoa and diced avocado provide over 60 percent of your daily recommended fiber. With hydrating cucumbers and refreshing tomatoes added to the mix, this salad would be a lovely light lunch to pack for work.
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, washed and chopped, thick stems removed
4 persian cucumbers, peeled in strips, seeded, and diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 ripe and slightly firm avocado, diced
2 or 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a small saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil.
Stir in quinoa, cover, and lower the heat to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
Put quinoa into a medium-size mixing bowl, and cool.
Add parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, and oil to quinoa. Mix, and season to taste with salt and pepper.