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Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Mediterranean inspired flavors like tomatoes, peppers, red onion and fresh basil make this quinoa salad and lemon vinaigrette a delicious lunch option.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Mediterranean Recipes, Quinoa Salad, Summer Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Author Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1 c Dry Quinoa Rinsed under cold water
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 lg Cucumber diced
  • 1 lg Red Pepper diced
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once quinoa has cooled add in remainder of the salad ingredients and toss.

Dressing

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

Notes

Prepare Quinoa ahead of time (even the day before) so it can cool.
Also be sure to check out our Mediterranean Tuna Melts to go with it!