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Basil Garlic Tomato Quinoa Salad

**Most favorite quinoa recipe everrrr**

**Plan ahead because you need to cook the quinoa and let it cool which may take a few hours**

=Makes about 6 servings=

Ingredients~

3/4 Cup Quinoa (rinsed and drained)

1.5 Cups Water (vegetable broth makes the quinoa more tasty and can replace the water)

4 Cups Cherry Tomatoes (Assorted colors) (chopped in half)

1 Cup Basil (torn)

1-2 Cloves Garlic (very finely grated) [Mincing it is okay but it is more flavorful if you grate the garlic)

1.5 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Directions~

Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with the water (or vegetable broth).  Let it come to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the saucepan and let it simmer until all the water is absorbed (usually around 10 minutes, but check the quinoa often towards the end because it burns fast).  Remove it from the heat and cool completely (put it in the fridge after it reaches room temperature)

While the quinoa is cooling, you can cut the tomates in half, prepare the basil, and prepare the salad dressing (mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together).

When the quinoa is chilled.  Add in the tomatoes and basil.  Then grate the garlic into the bowl and mix everything together.

Lastly, add in the dressing and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Enjoy!!

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