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Vegan Quinoa Salad

Toasting the grain before it simmers isn't essential, but it does add a pleasant nuttiness to the flavor of this vegan quinoa salad. Mix and match whatever fresh herbs and veggies you have on hand. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 cups

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and well drained
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 6 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook and stir quinoa over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes or until toasted. Add water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl. Cool slightly.
  • In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, mint and salt. Add vegetables to quinoa; drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 227 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.

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  • djhbrown
    Jul 19, 2020

    This salad is delicious. I had all the ingredients on hand (even if my quinoa was old) It was refreshing for summer, offered a different carb for the meal, and held up well for leftovers the next day.

  • Christine
    May 30, 2020

    This salad was out of our comfort zone but my husband absolutely loved it. I used balsamic dressing instead of what the recipe called for. I would make this again.