With the new year we are all trying to eat healthier.  Here is a super easy, healthy and tasty Quinoa salad that Katie made the other night.

Quinoa Salad

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 – 3/4 lemon, squeezed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups cucumber, peeled and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Rinse quinoa for about 2 minutes.

Fill a medium pot with water, add quinoa and salt to taste and bring to a boil. When the water boils, reduce heat to low and cover; simmer covered 15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered an additional 5 minutes without lifting the lid; then fluff with a fork and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool.

While the quinoa cools, dice the cucumber and tomato.

Add the red onion, cucumber, tomatoes to the cooled quinoa, and squeeze 1/2 lemon over it.

Drizzle the olive oil over the quinoa, then add salt and pepper to taste and toss well. Taste for salt and adjust as needed, add more lemon juice if needed.

Makes about 6 cups.