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Nino’s Quinoa – Tempeh Salad

Quinoa was a staple food of the ancient Incas, who called it “The Mother Grain “. Warming by nature, with sweet and sour flavor, and strengthening for the body, especially in combination with the fabulous tempeh. Believe it or not quinoa contains around 16% of protein. Tempeh is a fermented soy been from Indonesia: highly nutritious, rich in protein (19,5%) and unsaturated fat, and containing a substantial amount of omega-3 oils.

This is my favorite spring/summer salad because it is
nutritious, light, and it combines wonderful flavors and colors. It has an excellent taste, it looks wonderful, and it is very easy to prepare. What else you can ask for?

I like it and I hope you will too. Good appetite!

Salad Ingredients

2 cups quinoa
2 tempeh packages, marinated and cut into small cubes
½ red onion finely diced
½ red bell pepper, seeded and cut into small dices
1 medium cucumber, pilled, seeded and cut into small dices
1 cup green beans, cut into small dices
20 Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 whole lettuce head
2 Tbs fresh cilantro, minced
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp champagne vinegar
½ tsp black paper, ground
¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1 tsp salt

Marinade Ingredients

1 cup red wine
1 cup apple juice
2 cup water
¼ cup tamari
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 Tbs dried sage
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp chili flakes
2 Tbs of fresh cilantro, minced
2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garam masala
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds


Bring quinoa to a boil in 4 cups of water and simmer for 20 min. Let it cool. Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium saucepan Cook the tempeh cubes in the marinade for 20 min and let it sit for another 30 min (do not remove from marinade). Sauté tempeh in 3 Tbs of canola oil or gee for 3 min. Steam the green beans for 2-3 min, then cool them in the cold water, so they stay green. Combine all salad ingredients in a big bowl, mix them with quinoa, and serve over a leaf of lettuce

Step 1: Boil quinoa

Step 2: Saute tempeh

Step 3: Cut vegetables

Step 4: Prepare vegetables

Step 5: Mix ingredients


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