I have been beyond stupid about using quinoa lately. I put that shit in everything, like Franks Red Hot. My next attempt will be a fried quinoa, like fried rice. But that is for tomorrow. Today is a savory quinoa salad with a hint of sweetness. Super healthy, green, and a whole meal all in one!
Balsamic Onion and Broccoli Quinoa Salad
3 cups broccoli florets, broken into small pieces
1 large sweet onion, sliced into rounds
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon raw sugar
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable stock
In a large pot add quinoa and stock. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-12 minutes or until stock is absorbed. Set aside.
Place broccoli pieces in a bowl and submerge in boiling water. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, drain and set aside.
In a large pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally for 20-30 minutes until light brown. Add minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and salt. Cook for about 5 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.
In a large bowl add quinoa, broccoli, and onions. Stir well to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.