Quinoa salad

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I think this is the perfect summer salad. Made with quinoa and fresh garden vegetables.


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I started by rinsing the quinoa. I think it helps it taste better. Then put it on to cook.



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While the quinoa was cooking I got some fresh parsley and chopped it up.


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And sliced some cherry tomatoes.


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In a bowl that was too small, I put cooked quinoa


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and chopped parsley.


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Then I admitted that the bowl was too small and dumped it into a larger bowl.


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now I had room for tomatoes.


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I seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.


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Then added some EVOO.


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Zested a lemon and added the zest along with juice of a lemon.


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Mixed, tasted and seasoned again.


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Packed it up and took it on a picnic. 


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I liked it so much I decided to make it again.


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This time I used fresh garlic,


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Fresh basil chopped,


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fresh cucumbers and cheddar cheese but I forgot to get photos of the cheese.


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Put it all in a bowl,


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and served myself some.

I think less raw garlic next time and maybe roasted red peppers might be nice too.



Quinoa salad


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley or basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 2 small cucumbers sliced
  • 1/4 cup cheddar chopped or whatever kind of cheese you have
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice of a lemon or lemon juice from a jar
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • season with salt and pepper, onion powder, to taste

Mix all ingredients, or some and substitute others that are in season and eat fresh or pack for a picnic.

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