Quinoa and Sweet Cherry Salad Recipe

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Quinoa and Sweet Cherry Salad Recipe
Our colorful, GERD friendly Quinoa and Cherry Salad makes for a hearty lunch! It combines the nuttiness of quinoa with the sweetness of cherries and some power-packed salad veggies to hit the right spot. Also makes a great packed lunch for a busy weekday! Why we love this Quinoa and Cherry Salad recipe? Quinoa can help with digestion for it is a source of insoluble and soluble fiber. It can act as ‘roughage’ which means it helps with digestion by retaining water in the large intestine. It’s the perfect gluten-free alternative for those who find that wheat triggers acid reflux. Cherries contain antioxidants that can heal and restore the damage acid reflux may have caused to your sensitive gut. Remember, sweet cherries have low acid content, but sour cherries have a higher acid content that brings about its tart flavor. Pineapple contains bromelain that has anti-inflammatory properties. Although the fruit is considered acidic, some experts believe that it has an alkalizing effect as you digest it.
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Healthy Diet for Acid Reflux Lunch/Dinner for Acid Reflux
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Medium Zucchini Diced
  • 2 Cups Bing Cherries Pitted and Quartered
  • 1 Cup Parsely Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese Crumbled
Healthy Diet for Acid Reflux Lunch/Dinner for Acid Reflux
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Medium Zucchini Diced
  • 2 Cups Bing Cherries Pitted and Quartered
  • 1 Cup Parsely Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese Crumbled
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Instructions
  1. Thoroughly rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve under running water for 5 minutes.
  2. Put the quinoa in a pan with boiling water. Add 1/4th tsp salt and cook covered for about 15 minutes. Once the quinoa absorbs all the water, turn off the flame. Fluff with a fork. Allow it to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, steam the zucchini for 5 minutes so that it’s still crunchy but doesn’t have the raw taste. Set aside until it cools.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the pineapple juice, lime juice, remaining salt and pepper. Add quinoa, zucchini, cherries and parsley.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until flavored are blended, at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  6. Add the crumbled feta just before you serve.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa and Sweet Cherry Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 777mg 32%
Potassium 334mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 31%
Calcium 11%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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