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This is a very refreshing salad. It’s light and if you use a rice cooker to cook your quinoa – would take you less than 20 minutes of prep time (mostly chopping and mixing dressing).
1 1/2 Cups cooked quinoa
Costco has a great deal on organic quinoa. You can also buy it in bulk at places like Winco.
1/2 Cup pine nutes
1 english cucumber, peeled and finely diced
1 Cup grape tomotoes
1/2 Cup red onion, finely, finely diced
1/2 Cup chopped parsley
1/4 Cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I recommend using fresh lemons)
2 tsp grated lemon zest
HOW TO PREPARE
1.) Cook quinoa according to directions on package. I recommend cooking your quinoa in the rice cooker, that’s how I do it and I find it so much less painful than the stove top method.
2.) Toast pine nuts on medium-high heat. Don’t let them burn, just brown them.
3.) Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest in a small bowl.
4.) After quinoa has cooled, mix quinoa with the cucumber, onion and parsley. Stir in the dressing. Top with pine nuts. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I actually think this salad tastes better the second day – after everything has come together in the fridge overnight. I would also suggest topping with some feta cheese, if you like that kinda thing.
Source: This recipe was adapted from a recipe in the January/February 2011 issue of Vegetarian Times!
This salad recipe is part of our Soup and Salad recipe series! You might also like:
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Looks so delicious – the perfect summer recipe. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.
April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
I love the fresh taste of lemon in salads. Your Quinoa Lemon Salad sounds delicious, perfect for summer.
What a fantastic summer side dish! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Miz Helen says
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
Heather M says
Ooo, I need to try this. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.
This looks so yummy and refreshing!
Hallie @ The Wordy Baker says
This looks delicious! I like quinoa, but my sister just told me she doesn’t so I may have to make this recipe to convert her 🙂
Jen Nikolaus says
What a great recipe! Just pinned to try soon! Thanks for sharing!
~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy
Lori @Lori's Culinary Creations says
This looks amazing!! I buy my quinoa at Winco. Best deal around. Found you over at Two Cup Tuesdsay. I am co-hosting Tasty Tuesdays this week and would love for you to link up this recipe.
Lori’s Culinary Creations
This salad looks so light and delish. Perfect for a hot summer day.
This sounds really refreshing, great for a summer picnic. Thanks for sharing.
Carrie @ Chockababy says
This looks amazing! And allergy friendly – yay! Thanks 🙂