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Gluten-free quinoa salad dressing with a summer vegetable quinoa salad for a healthy lunch.
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Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad is full of nutritious veggies and then topped with a homemade lemon vinaigrette. It is a healthy dish to bring to potlucks or summer picnics!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 386 kcal

Ingredients

Quinoa:

  • 1 ½ c quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 2 c container bone broth chicken flavored, or 2 cups water for vegan
  • 1 c water
  • ½ tsp salt

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 3 Tbsp honey or maple syrup for vegan
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ c extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt

Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 c bell pepper cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 c cucumber cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • ½ c red onion finely chopped

Instructions

Quinoa:

  1. Place quinoa, bone broth, water, and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium-sized saucepan and bring ingredients to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until almost all of the liquid is absorbed.*
  3. Let quinoa come to room temperature before combining with remaining ingredients.

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  1. In a small food processor, or high speed blender, combine honey, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  2. Process for 2-3 minutes, or until vinaigrette has thickened.

Quinoa Salad Assembly:

  1. In a large bowl combine cooked quinoa, bell pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and red onion.
  2. Drizzle half of the vinaigrette over the quinoa and toss to combine. Add remaining vinaigrette and toss well.
  3. Chill quinoa salad for at least 2 hours before serving. Keep quinoa salad refrigerated between servings. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can also cook quinoa in a rice cooker.

Nutrition Facts
Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 339mg15%
Potassium 404mg12%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 915IU18%
Vitamin C 41.5mg50%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.