Gourmet Betty's Healthy Quinoa Salad

Gourmet Betty's Healthy Quinoa Salad

1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water
1 zucchini
1/2 to 1 cup soy beans (edamame)
1/2 to 1 cup whole cherry tomatoes
1/4 to 1/2 of 1 orange pepper
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
3 Tablespoons of Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
1/2 tsp each, dried Basil, Oregano and Thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste
Avocado and/or Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Thoroughly rinse Quinoa under cool water to remove any powdery residue to remove the bitter resin-like coating (called saponin). Or purchase pre-rinsed Qunioa.

2.  In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water and Quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 8 minutes. Add soy beans, return cover and cook for another 6 minutes or so, or until all the water is absorbed.

3. Remove from heat, uncover and allow to cool a while you're preparing the rest of the ingredients.

4. Grill Zucchini and allow to cool a few minutes before you cut, set aside.

5. Quarter the cherry tomatoes dice the pepper and chop up the fresh parsley.

6. To put salad together, fold in vegetables and mix in the oil, vinegar, dried herbs and salt & pepper.

You can top with sliced avocado or shredded parmesan if desired.