Quinoa Salad with Summer Vegetables and Lemon Honey Vinaigrette – Recipe

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I love experimenting with different foods and this recipe includes quinoa. If you have never had this tasty grain/seed you are in for a treat. It’s easy to cook and slightly nutty. Quinoa salad is a delicious meal in itself or a lovely side dish for a heartier dinner.

The beauty of growing all of our vegetables is that I always have organic vegetables on hand. While I call this a salad with “summer vegetables” I can make it all year ’round since I have the bounty of the garden in the freezer. So you can use either fresh or frozen vegetables to recreate this recipe even though when I made it I used fresh from the garden.

For this salad I had broccoli, zucchini (there is ALWAYS zucchini) and green beans. A toss with a light vinaigrette and it was dinner. Filling and light which is perfect because oftentimes we don’t sit down to dinner until after 8PM as he is out harvesting after he gets everything done for the day. Neither one of us wants a heavy meal at that time of night.

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It’s a very versatile recipe; any mix of vegetables and any vinaigrette will get you there.

quinoa salad, quinoa salad with summer vegetables

Quinoa Salad with Summer Vegetables with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

2 cups assorted vegetables, cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cups raisins
salt and pepper

Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 tsp honey (or more to taste)
2 TBS canola oil
salt to taste

Cook the quinoa per package instructions – bring salted water to a boil. Add quinoa, boil for about 12 minutes, drain. Set aside until ready to add to salad.

Add the cut vegetables – I had green beans, zucchini and broccoli. Blanche the green beans and broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute. Cut the vegetables into bite sized pieces

Add the vegetables, quinoa and raisins to a bowl, mix.

Make the vinaigrette:  mix the honey and lemon juice. Add the oil and whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the dressing to the mixture in the bowl and stir until dressed. Let sit for about 15 minutes and serve.

How was the Quinoa Salad?

It was a perfect meal after a busy day. And it could not be easier to make.  It is also amazingly versatile; just use any vegetables you might have on hand. You could even add apple or pear. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious! The leftovers are perfect for lunch.

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