Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer is all about fresh ingredients and outdoor meals for us, that’s why this Quinoa Salad is perfect for the hot days that are still ahead! It uses just a few ingredients to transform plain quinoa into a delicious side dish (or main meal if you want to add protein!) and although we make this more in the summertime, you can definitely enjoy it on cooler days as well. Quinoa-Salad-Fresh-Ingredients

 

You can customize the Quinoa Salad to your tastes too, so if you prefer zucchini over cucumber or cherry tomatoes over peppers, feel free to throw em in. The dressing is just as simple as the salad itself, and can be used on a variety of green salads as well! So grab your ingredients and pack your picnic bag, it’s time to make this yummy salad.

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 c Dry Quinoa Rinsed under cold water
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 lg Cucumber chopped
  • 1 lg Red Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion diced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Basil or parsley if you prefer chopped
  • Salt

Dressing

  • 1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil the good stuff guys, you don't want it to be bitter!
  • 1/4 c Lemon Juice fresh is best but concentrated is fine!
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3/4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Garlic clove minced
  • pinch of Salt

Instructions

Salad

  1. Place medium pot over medium heat for about 2 mins to warm, add in quinoa and give a quick "toast" by swirling in the pot for 1 minute. Add in your water and broth with a pinch of salt and allow to come to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from heat and place in your serving bowl. Place in fridge to cool.
  3. Once quinoa has cooled add in remainder of the salad ingredients and toss.

Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk until well combined.
  2. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the salad and add the remainder right before serving.

Recipe Notes

Prepare Quinoa ahead of time (even the day before) so it can cool.

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ's! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ’s! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood


31 thoughts on “Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. Gloria says:

    I just love cooking with quinoa. That nutty flavour is so delicious, not to mention how healthy it is to. The perfect meat replacement….and this salad sounds nice and hearty too. Great for lunch or dinner.

  2. Celeste says:

    Your salad is filled with some of my favorite ingredients and Quinoa is one of my favorite grains, unfortunately I forgot to wash it once and had a very bad reaction. Washing it before cooking is a very important step.

    • oliveblogger says:

      Ohhh no! Yes we always wash/rinse any grain we cook, it is so important! Hopefully that didn’t deter you from trying it again though 🙂

  3. Veena Azmanov says:

    Quinoa is such a healthy alternative to eating rice.I think salad such a refreshing way to eat quinoa. This lemon vinaigrette sounds delicious. Saving for later.

    • oliveblogger says:

      Thanks so much Veena!! We try to substitute different grains and seeds for rice often, it is nice to change it up!

    • oliveblogger says:

      Mmm yes we love kale too!!! When we do our kale and quinoa salads we often do the quinoa crunchy (puffed) so it adds to the texture!

  4. Marisa Franca says:

    We use lots of quinoa. In fact, we buy it in the huge bags so we don’t run out. The nutty flavor is perfect in salads. I love the touch of lemon that you give your salad. Perfect for a light summer meal.

  5. Noel Lizotte says:

    I can’t have too many salads! Summer is sooo hot, I don’t want to eat anything that’s full of heat … so it’s a lot of cold salads on our table. This looks light and filling!

  6. Heather says:

    I never really thought about adding quinoa to a cold salad but what a great idea! Lovely flavor combination and the lemon vinaigrette really helps pull this together into the perfect light meal.

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