That pretty purple pepper from my Purples and Greens post found its way into this salad last week. I made this salad with what I had on hand. Quinoa is such a versatile salad base. You can add whatever is fresh from your garden – squash, cucumber, cooked limas – all kinds of veggies would taste great in this salad. Here’s what I used:
Quick Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa, cooked to package directions and cooled
1/2 can black beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Vinaigrette of your choice
1. Prepare your quinoa according to the package directions. I use my rice cooker on the white rice setting. Just one cup of dry quinoa expands to make quite a bit once cooked. I do keep a close eye on the rice cooker as it cooks, sometimes the quinoa sticks if I don’t catch it in time. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and allow it to cool in the fridge.
2. Add your chopped veggies and beans and toss thoroughly.
3. Add your vinaigrette. I recommend an Asian style dressing like a sesame soy, but even vinegar and olive oil with a little salt and pepper would work. I used Whole Foods 365 Soy Sesame Vinaigrette (not sure of the exact name.) Whatever dressing you use, be generous while careful – the quinoa will absorb quite a bit, but take care not to saturate it. It won’t be nearly as yummy if it’s soggy. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out very easily. Now I sound like my mom. 🙂
When all was said and done, I used about a 1/2 cup of dressing. Mix your salad and dressing together, and place it in the fridge to chill just a bit more. This actually tastes even better the next day. Enjoy!
11 thoughts on “Quick Quinoa Salad”
Looks very, very good and sounds it too.
Thanks! It keeps well in the fridge for several days, so it makes a great snack, too.
looks delish. love quinoa!
Thanks! Me too!
I wasn’t sure about quinoa when I first tried it but I’m finding that it’s getting tastier each time I use it!
That has been my experience, too. In some of the quinoa dishes I have tried, it was overpowered by the other ingredients. It has such a nice, nutty kind of flavor I like to keep the salad simple.
We’ve been eating lots of quinoa lately- ever since I found the jumbo bag on sale at Costco. 🙂
Ooooh! jumbo bag!? I’m keeping my eyes peeled at my Costco for that!
Mmm, I love a good quinoa salad. I love the idea of adding black beans!
Delightful posts on your garden produce. Just last night I was thinking I needed a new salad recipe. I will try this one for sure..
Quinoa is great, alkaline and nutricious. Great salad, a meal to itself and easy to prepare. Thanks