Protein Packed Quinoa Salad

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Protein Packed Quinoa Salad is everything you need in one bowl to survive a grueling day. Loaded with healthy greens, and plenty of protein packed super-foods, this salad is incredibly tasty too! 

Overhead shot of two bowls of protein packed quinoa salad, on a gray tray.

Whenever we go away for a weekend and make more than our fair share of food splurges, I always come home craving salads. Eating in excess is okay once in a while, but my body always starts to feel sluggish. I get sleepy and my energy level is zapped.

So the Monday after Mike’s Cowtown Half Marathon, I looked in my pantry for anything and everything healthy. I found some quinoa, chick peas, tomatoes, and nuts. Check. My refrigerator contained the other ingredients – the greens and the eggs. Check. All I had to do was to whip up a good healthy salad dressing. And my Creamy Italian Dressing fit the bill perfectly.

Check. Check. Check.

Closeup of one protein packed quinoa salad.

What does a high protein diet do for you?

  1. Keeps you feeling full for longer periods of time. Eggs for breakfast are my go-to.
  2. Help balance blood sugar levels. Donuts for breakfast? Nope, never.
  3. Makes it easier to build lean muscle mass. That’s why athletes drink protein shakes after a hard work-out.
  4. Gives you energy. Skip the packaged meals, and make your own protein packed meal instead.
Freshly cooked quinoa in a glass bowl.
A bowl of boiled eggs.
A glass pitcher of Italian dressing.

A couple of notes:

  1. Using smokey almonds in this salad is definitely a huge win. You can find them in any grocery store.
  2. Making up a large batch of quinoa ahead of time is key. Store it in the refrigerator and spoon it over your salads all week long.
  3. Salad dressings can be so loaded with calories and sugar. My Creamy Italian Dressing is super tasty and has only one teaspoon of sugar in the whole recipe. If using store-bought dressing, watch the sugar.

Enjoy!

Closeup of a fork digging into the protein packed quinoa salad.

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Overhead shot of two bowls of protein packed quinoa salad, on a gray tray.

Protein Packed Quinoa Salad

Protein Packed Quinoa Salad is everything you need in one bowl to survive a grueling day. Loaded with healthy greens, and plenty of protein packed super-foods, this salad is incredibly tasty too! 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: high protein salad, protein packed salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 large salads
Calories: 409kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 8 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 large hard-boiled eggs
  • 15 oz. can garbanzo beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 40 smokey almonds
  • 6 Tablespoons Creamy Italian Dressing – from my site
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Instructions

  • Prep the ingredients. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions, and cool. (I use chicken broth for this.) Boil the eggs, and cool.
  • Rinse lettuce, tomatoes, and chick peas. Pat dry.
  • Make the dressing according to directions, or use any dressing you like. (Store-bought is ok too.)
  • Assemble the salads, by dividing the above ingredients and arranging in four large salad bowls. Drizzle with dressing, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 915mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8660IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 6.6mg

2 Comments

  1. This salad is awesome and I enjoy it so much! The combination of ingredients work so well together!

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