Quinoa is packed with protein! Protein helps keep your muscles healthy and helps you to feel fuller for longer.
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
1 teaspoon marjoram
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups canned mandarin oranges (fruit and juice)
1 medium avocado, diced
3 tablespoons diced red onion
2 ribs celery, diced
3 cups packed arugula
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Spread chopped walnuts on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned (about 5 to 10 minutes).
In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa and marjoram, bring back to a boil, then turn down heat. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed (about 15 to 20 minutes). Remove from stovetop. Set aside to let cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together oil and juice from oranges. Set aside.
In a large salad bowl, combine oranges, avocado, red onion, celery, arugula and cooled quinoa. Toss. Pour dressing over salad mix.
Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve chilled.