Colorful Red Cabbage Quinoa Salad, no oil necessary

Salads should be creative, colorful and fresh.  My family loves a salad at each meal and I am always on the hunt for new combinations and variations.
I usually try to eliminate or reduce the oil in salad dressings.  I find that the spices and acid components of dressings are essential for flavor and most of the time, the oil is unnecessary or can be greatly reduced.

This salad combines wonderful colors, textures and flavors and is unusually versatile and robust.  The vegetables can be prepared in advance.  When you are ready to serve, all you need to do is toss the salad ingredients with the dressing. The leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days.   This will become a favorite!

Yields 6-8 servings.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of shredded  red cabbage (or one bag pre-shredded red cabbage)
1 1/2 cups red or white quinoa, salted and cooked in rice cooker and/or according to package directions.
4-5 scallions, thinly sliced

1-2 colored peppers, diced
¼ cup craisins

DRESSING

Splash (about 4-6 tablespoons) of cider vinegar or lemon juice
Drizzle (2 tablespoons) Agave syrup or honey (optional)
1-2 teaspoons salt
minced garlic or garlic powder to taste
pinch black pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
2 tablespoons canola oil  (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

Toss all salad ingredients together.  Dressing may be made in advance and stored until ready to use or sprinkled directly on salad.  Enjoy!

 

VARIATIONS

You may substitute 2 cups of brown rice, wheat berries or pearl barley for the quinoa.  Salt and cook in rice cooker or according to package directions.
Slivered almonds or pine nuts may be substituted for the sunflower seeds
Diced red onion may be substituted for the scallions

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