Summer Quinoa Salad

A crisp salad filled with raw vegetables is a refreshing and delicious way to get your enzymes and nutrients, but you can’t always eat it alone as a filling meal. Chef Rich’s Summer Quinoa Salad is made with a base of quinoa, which makes for complete satiation (there’s a whopping 24 grams of protein in just one cup of quinoa!).

Q: Why do you cook quinoa in vegetable broth?

Veggie broth really brings out the nutty, subtle flavors of quinoa, and together they pair fantastically with the raw vegetables in the salad. If you’ve been using water to cook quinoa, now is the time to switch to veggie broth!

Q: Tell us more about the choice of vegetables in the salad.

Red bell peppers aren’t just low in calories, they’re chock-full of vitamins A, C and E, which we all know are amazing for practically everything, from the immune system to vision to hair. Also, the sulfur in bell peppers are known to help protect against cancer. Also, I truly believe eating is also a visual experience, and the red adds a beautiful vivid pop of color to the salad. The onion offers a healthy crunch, avocados contribute their creamy, luxurious texture and the cranberries and cilantro add a bit of sweetness and zest!

Q: How did you come up with the dressing?

The dressing is great for this salad. The tang from the red wine vinegar doesn’t compete with the raw agave nectar; rather, they pair perfectly together for a flavorful punch. Some people tend to think quinoa is a bit boring, but this dressing makes it super tasty!

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Summer Quinoa Salad


This Miso Tahini Dip is an excellent way to kick up the taste as you snack on raw veggies. Tahini paste is made from ground sesame seeds and olive oil, and it’s used to make hummus. Miso is made from fermented soybeans and barley (or rice malt). These two along with the tangy, sweet and smoky add-ons create a delicious, cultural blend of creamy goodness.

Miso Tahini Dip


Chef Rich says, “This is my go-to, post-workout smoothie. It tastes delicious, and leaves me feeling lean and satisfied after a tough workout.” Try this fruity, tropical smoothie after a Saturday-morning hike!

Protein Power Smoothie


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