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Garden-Fresh Lemon Quinoa Salad

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Garden-Fresh Lemon Quinoa Salad
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4
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Garden-Fresh Lemon Quinoa Salad

A super salad with a fabulous combination of flavor and textures!

Ingredients

3
cups cooked quinoa (a little less than 1 cup uncooked—be sure to thoroughly rinse and drain the quinoa before cooking or it will taste very bitter)
1
(14 oz.) can white beans, drained and rinsed
1/2
cup diced cucumber, seeds removed
1/2
cup diced red bell pepper
1/2
cup diced tomatoes
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:

1/4
cup extra virgin olive oil
2
tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2
tablespoons white wine vinegar
1
teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1
clove garlic, finely minced
1
teaspoon sugar
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Directions

  • 1 Combine ingredients in a large salad bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss, or allow each person to add their own dressing.
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A super salad with a fabulous combination of flavor and textures!

As prepared by Daring Gourmet,

We’ve all heard it before: Quinoa is crazy healthy.

Still, here’s the thing. As inanely healthy as quinoa is, it’s not my favorite thing to eat. There, I said it. Try not to be mortally offended. And give me a chance to finish!

That said… there are ways of preparing quinoa that not only make eating it tolerable, but actually enjoyable.

This Garden-Fresh Lemon Quinoa Salad is a great example. It has a lot of great textures happening with the chewy quinoa, crunchy vegetables and soft white beans. Laced with the tangy flavor of lemon in an olive oil and garlic vinaigrette, this is not only an insanely healthy salad, it’s really yummy!

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

garden fresh lemon quinoa salad

 

garden fresh lemon quinoa salad

Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl or container and either whisk or shake until it’s emulsified.

 

garden fresh lemon quinoa salad

Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

 

garden fresh lemon quinoa salad

Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably longer, before serving. It tastes better the longer the flavors have time to meld.

 

Serve for lunch, as a light dinner with some crusty bread or a leafy green salad, or as a side dish for a larger meal.

Enjoy!

For more insanely healthy grain salads, visit Kimberly’s food blog, The Daring Gourmet.

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