There are a lot of great things about the return of warm weather: more sunshine, more time outside, and of course, more fresh veggies. This quinoa salad makes the perfect addition to any backyard barbeque or porch picnic. Filled with a bright colorful mix of spring and summer veggies, you’ll enjoy how easy this healthy dish comes together. —Erika Gruszewski
Quinoa Summer Salad
Add the quinoa/rice mix, water and salt to a medium sauce pan. Heat to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover for about 20 minutes.
While the quinoa is cooking, cut up all of the veggies and place in a large mixing bowl
In a smaller bowl or dressing container, mix in all of the dressing ingredients.
When it has finished cooking, add the quinoa to the large mixing bowl and top with the dressing and feta cheese. Toss everything together.
Serve and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a week.
- Beans of Choice: You can’t go wrong here, so try your favorite bean. I like using chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans or black beans.
- Quinoa: Don’t like quinoa? Swap in another grain like brown rice or couscous.
- Vinegar: Don’t have rice vinegar or red wine vinegar on hand? Try apple cider vinegar, white vinegar or even balsamic vinegar.
Erika is a Syracuse native who lives in Rochester with her husband and daughter. She is a health research analyst with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
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