Citrus Quinoa & Tabbouleh salad from Seasons 52 Fresh Grill

Quinoa is packed with protein and has a nutty flavourIf you are looking for a fresh, healthy idea for a light lunch why not try a protein-packed salad recipe from Seasons 52.  The grill and wine bar has a seasonally-inspired menu that promises no menu item contains more than 475 calories.
 
I recently dined there and the food was delicious. I had a grilled tuna salad with toasted almonds. The tuna was perfectly grilled and the citrus-dressing complemented the fish and fresh greens.
 
To enjoy the health benefits of the calorie-conscious menu you have to exercise restraint and stick to one dish, or maybe split an appetizer. The Mini-Indulgence desserts are a fabulous idea. It lets you have a bite or two of something sweet and fabulous without guilt
 
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill offered to share their recipe for Citrus Quinoa & Tabbouleh salad. This nutty salad is a perfect light meal you can make ahead of time. Quinoa is full of protein and perfect for vegans. This dish would be a perfect addition to any summer BBQ.
 
Ingredients:

1 cup bulgur wheat
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 lime, zest and juice
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
6 ounces water
5 drops Chipotle Tabasco
12 orange segments, cut in 4
¼ cup sun-dried cranberries, reconstituted
¼ cup English cucumber, diced small
¼ cup tomato, diced small
¼ cup pistachio nuts, toasted
½ cup mint leaves, chopped
½ cup parsley, chopped
1 cup cooked quinoa

For the Cracked Wheat:

Wash and zest lime, lemon, and orange. Squeeze juice and reserve.
Place the bulgur wheat in a flat glass baking dish. Combine olive oil, ginger, salt, and citrus zest. Mix with the wheat. Combine citrus juice, water and Tabasco. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Pour liquids over wheat, set aside covered for 1 hour.
 
For the Quinoa:
Place ½ cup quinoa in 1 cup water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil; then simmer until water is absorbed. Grain will be soft, semi-translucent, and have a ring around the edge.
You can cook quinoa in a microwave; use same 2-1 ratio and microwave covered on high for 8 minutes; let stand covered for 12-15 minutes.
 
For the Salad:
Place wheat and quinoa in a bowl, add all other ingredients and toss lightly. Refrigerate until needed.
 
The garnishes you add can change depending on what you like or what type of salad you’re serving. Fold the grains in with organic lettuce to put a unique spin on salad
 
Seasons 52 operates 30 restaurants in 15 states across the U.S.  

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