January 7, 2013

Quinoa Lemon Salad recipe

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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


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!

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  1. Looks so delicious – the perfect summer recipe. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  2. I love the fresh taste of lemon in salads. Your Quinoa Lemon Salad sounds delicious, perfect for summer.

  3. What a fantastic summer side dish! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Ooo, I need to try this. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

  6. This looks so yummy and refreshing!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. What a great recipe! Just pinned to try soon! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  9. 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

  10. This salad looks so light and delish. Perfect for a hot summer day.

  11. This sounds really refreshing, great for a summer picnic. Thanks for sharing.
    Creative Ramblings

  12. This looks amazing! And allergy friendly – yay! Thanks 🙂

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