- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1-1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 8 ounces fresh peeled watermelon, chopped into 1/2" cubes
- 4 ounces REDUCED-FAT crumbled feta cheese
- 1 medium cucumber, cut into 1/2" cubes
- 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh dill,chopped
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Place the cooked quinoa in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine vinegar and lemon juice. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk in the 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil. Toss the dressing with the quinoa in the large bowl.
Add the watermelon, feta, cucumber, red onion and dill. Toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper....if needed. But just remember to go easy on the salt! (wink-wink).
Just look at it! It's beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and flavors just scream summertime. It is the perfect light side for those summer cookouts. A MUST-TRY!
This was already a pretty healthy side, so to lighten it up a little more, I only changed a few things. First, I reduced the amount of olive oil by 3 tablespoons. I also cut down on the amount of feta and switched to a reduced-fat variety. Quinoa was just a change of convenience. Either way, you are going to get tons of nutrition with the bulgur wheat or quinoa.
The nutritional breakdown...
NUTRITION FACTS (per serving):
BEFORE: 342.8 calories; 22.83g fat; 27.79g carbohydrate; 7.96g protein; 4.55g fiber
AFTER: 234.67 calories; 12.49g fat; 26.3g carbohydrate; 6.71g protein; 2.55g fiber
SAVES: 108.13 calories; 10.34g fat; 1.49g carbohydrate
From a nutritional standpoint, if you have the option of bulgur wheat or quinoa, go with the bulgur. Although they are close in calories, protein and carbohydrates; using bulgur will cut the overall fat content of this recipe by 9.2 grams of fat. Bulgur wheat also has more fiber. And as we discussed on Tuesday...WE LOVE FIBER. Using bulgur will increase the overall recipe fiber content by 10 grams! So to put it simply, use bulgur if you have it. However, if you or someone in your family is GLUTEN FREE, go with the quinoa.