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Summer-Fresh Quinoa Salad

“This light and refreshing salad is easy to prepare and perfect for hot summer days. I often add zucchini or summer squash and use fresh tomatoes instead of sun-dried.” Liz Gadbois - Woodville, WI
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 each medium green, sweet red and yellow peppers, chopped
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (4 ounces) crumbled garlic and herb feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sun-dried tomato salad dressing, divided


  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine water and tomatoes; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and chop tomatoes; add to quinoa. Stir in the cucumber, peppers, onions, cheese and 1/4 cup salad dressing.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in remaining salad dressing.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 148 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • dsm
    Sep 13, 2020

    I have been making this since it appeared in a 2009 issue. We love it! It's not complicated but does take some time to prepare due to chopping the vegetables. We enjoy quinoa in several types of recipes; this is a summer favorite. Our grocer doesn't carry garlic and herb feta but the plain works very well. Very tasty, especially for such a healthy dish.

  • LeanneBosch
    Jun 26, 2014

    Made this for fathers day along with steak and spinach pinwheels was a huge hit!!

  • MonaPwood
    Sep 22, 2013

    I don't care for bell peppers but absolutely love this stuff!!!!

  • lschon71
    May 28, 2013

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  • theckman
    May 13, 2013

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  • leedia0603
    Aug 16, 2012

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  • lanier79
    Aug 30, 2011

    Easy and makes a super healthy lunch all by itself. I make this all the time.

  • scubacas
    Sep 12, 2010

    This was great for a change of pace from the regular "green" salad. Really enjoyed it. I halfed the recipe because I wasn't sure I'd be able to eat if all before it might go bad...this will be something I make the full portion of for a work luncheon type thing.

  • mama_mums
    Aug 29, 2009

    My husband loves this quinoa salad! I tried it the first time and it was a hit! Since then I've made it for all sorts of gatherings and everyone loves it. Five stars!!

  • rawalmonds
    Jul 16, 2009

    This is excellent and gets better the longer the quinoa soaks in the surrounding flavors.