Fall Quinoa Salad Recipe | One To Nothin'

Fall Quinoa Salad Recipe

Happy fall, friends!
Even though I've never really lived in a seasonally heterogeneous area, I've become considerably more enamored with autumn since moving to Northern California. We see changing leaves, dropping of temps (not just at night), and legit apple-picking farms.
Last year I got to enjoy the fall season in a snuggly way that only a part-time nanny turned full-time office dweller can feel nostalgic about. Since I won't be scooping up two blondies and dressing them in all orange everything to explore every pumpkin patch possible (at least not while getting paid), I'm going to have to make up for it somehow this year. Probably in the form of food and hot beverages.
While I'm sure I'll have plenty of grown up cider and lactose-free white Russians coming your way soon, right now I'm still trying to ride this clean-eating wave (this might be my longest MyFitnessPal streak ever). While I've been obsessed with soup lately--no joke, I ate cauliflower soup for breakfast every morning last week--I thought I'd try a pretty, autumnal salad featuring truRoots sprouted quinoa.

1 cup water
1 large sweet potato
2 cucumbers
1 small red onion
Goat milk feta
A bunch of fresh cilantro
Dressing of choice

It's pretty self-explanatory, but cook the quinoa first--combine water and quinoa in a bowl over the stove. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down to low, let simmer for 15 minutes (I love quick cook quinoa and this one is nice and fluffy). Then transfer to the fridge while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Set the oven to 450 and slice the sweet potato into teensy pieces. Fold aluminum foil over a pan and toss the potato pieces in olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for about 15 minutes, or when the pieces are starting to turn brown. Set aside to cool while you chop the rest of the ingredients. Combine and toss with dressing of your choice. I planned on making my own with olive oil, lemon juice, etc. but I wasn't home so I used this one and it was delicious. 

This was probably the prettiest, most delicious salad I've ever made. Not to brag, but... it was pretty phenomenal. I highly recommend you get on it. And if you'd like to try the truRoots ancient grains sprouted quinoa, shop at Target with your Cartwheel app to get this discount. 

How are you celebrating fall?


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