Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Quinoa Salad

I have made up quite a few quinoa salads this spring. This one was one of my favorites and really easy to make. 


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • A few cucumber slices, cut into quarters
  • Half of an orange (or red) pepper-diced
  • 10 grape tomatoes -sliced in half length wise 
  • 2 green onions-diced
  • Half a can of white beans
  • Half a can of palm hearts-sliced length wise
  • 10+ fresh mint leaves-cut into strips
  • Feta cheese 
  • Juice of a medium sized lemon
  • Avocado oil
  • White balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper 


  1. Cook 1 1/2 cups quinoa according to package. Let cool. 
  2. Chop all veggies and place in a large bowl. 
  3. Once quinoa is cool add to the bowl. 
  4. Add mint, beans and hearts of palm and crumble some feta cheese on top.
  5. Comine lemon juice, a few splashes of vinegar and avocado oil. Toss salad with dressing, add salt & pepper to taste. 
I think salads like this are best if they can sit for an hour or so. If you don't have avocado oil, olive oil would work just fine. I also think you can substitute any type of bean. Add more or less veggies as you see fit.   

Salad makes 7-10 side dish servings.