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Summer-Fresh Quinoa Salad Recipe

Summer-Fresh Quinoa Salad Recipe

“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 YIELD: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


  • 1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in remaining salad dressing. Yield: 14 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.

Nutritional 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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LeanneBosch User ID: 7427912 176195
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

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

MonaPwood User ID: 6763675 162854
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

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

lanier79 User ID: 5119974 106488
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

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

scubacas User ID: 5298067 106486
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4007770 162851
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4099788 160008
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2009

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

babyjimmie User ID: 3789314 173073
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"This was good. I served it to friends who never had quinoa and they liked it!! The crumbled cheese really makes a nice subtle flavor to the dish."

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