Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Summer salads are my thing. On a hot day, a nice cool salad hits the spot. My most recent salad creation is comprised of some of my favorite protein packed ingredients - chick peas, edamame, corn and more. 

This meal also keeps well in the fridge for days so I've been making large portions of this salad on Sunday night and packing a little bit for lunch each day.
Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing
Adapted from Betty Crocker

Salad Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3 roma tomatoes, diced
cups corn {I used canned corn}
2 cups shelled, ready to eat edamame
4 green onions, chopped
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp thyme {optional}
⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
dash of cayenne 

Dressing Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. fresh basil

Rinse quinoa, and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and basil. Set aside. When quinoa is done cooking, let cool. Then place all salad ingredients in a large bowl.Pour dressing over top and mix well to combine. Can eat immediately or chill before serving. 

You can eat this hot or cold, substitute other veggies, try different spices, etc.
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  1. Going to try this next time I make a quinoa salad...the dressing sounds like a delicious addition!

  2. So funny you put this on here I had a quinoa salad last night and it was delicious and was thinking how I need to look up a recipe! I will definitely be trying this out!

  3. I can't get into quinoa. I've tried :(

  4. Yum! We've been loving quinoa in our house this summer. Makes for the perfect rice substitute. Although Owen makes a huge mess of it and quinoa is so hard to get up off the floor, it's still worth it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This reminds me of the salad I just posted on instagram today, ha! I have been making a lot of quinoa salads too. My favorite was a mediterranean one that I might post tomorrow. :)

  6. Quinoa is my jam! I can eat it on the daily. Had a similar salad yesterday!

  7. Looks delish! I've never tried to make Quinoa, but this salad is so colorful and yummy looking, I just may give it a try this weekend! :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Looks delicious- think I'm going to have to try this next week! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm always one the lookout for new ones :)

  9. This is completely irrelavent but I just had to find a way to point out that I just stumbled across this on pinterest ..............dang girl, Colin Cowie!?!! That's big! Haha anyway, hope you're having a great week!

  10. This looks DIVINE! I stumbled across your blog from Dixie Delights and I am glad I found it! Looks like you have great taste! :)

  11. I made this for lunch this afternoon with a little chopped red onion and oh my- it is delicious!!!! Thank you for sharing, the dressing makes all the difference!


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