Rating: 4.59 stars
102 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Quinoa with various veggies and a zesty (and easy) vinaigrette that makes a wonderful salad dressing for any salad. I used one English cucumber instead of 2 normal cucumbers because we prefer the taste. Cook the quinoa with the water as you would normal rice (works in a rice cooker as well).

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape the cooked quinoa into a large bowl and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

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  • Place the vinegar, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and mustard into a blender. Drizzle in the oil while blending at high speed until the dressing is thick.

  • Add the cucumbers, bell pepper, red onion, tomato, and olives to the bowl with the quinoa. Pour the dressing overtop and gently fold until evenly mixed.

Nutrition Facts

215 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 21.2g; fat 13g; sodium 370.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (75)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
This will be a regular side dish at our house! I was short on time, so I used a bottle of italian salad dressing and it was delicious :) I'm sure the red wine Vinaigrette would be great too! Will try that next time when I'm not so pressed for time. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2010
A little dry for my tastes i usually cook the quinoa in more water and I would definitely up the veggie ratio in the future to make it more salad-like. Otherwise decently tasty. Read More
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102 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
This will be a regular side dish at our house! I was short on time, so I used a bottle of italian salad dressing and it was delicious :) I'm sure the red wine Vinaigrette would be great too! Will try that next time when I'm not so pressed for time. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2010
Great recipe! I cut the Quinoa down by a lot but used the same amount of veggies cut the oil in half in the dressing it was really good. I was a little nervous b/c i tasted the dressing and didn't really like it--but i put it in anyway and it was a fantastic complement! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
Excellent salad! I'm always looking for gluten free recipes and this is one of the best. I loved the dressing so I added extra. Taking it to a potluck at work today! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2011
The dressing for this salad is out of this world! I crave this salad. I have used light olive oil in place of the canola oil and I use trader joes sweet/hot mustard which give it an extra special taste. I love that you can use whatever veggies appeal and I use half the amount of quinoa cooked in chicken broth. If you love quinoa sald and want a new and amazing recipe you have to try this one!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2010
Wow! This was excellent! The only thing I did differently was I added broccoli and I used red pepper instead of green. Also I was real short on time so I used bottled organic italian dressing. The colors in this dish are beautiful:) I cannot wait to share this with my family. I am sure it will become a staple in our home. Thanks so much for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2010
A little dry for my tastes i usually cook the quinoa in more water and I would definitely up the veggie ratio in the future to make it more salad-like. Otherwise decently tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2010
So awesome. What a great summer side salad or add some chopped chicken and make it a meal! I cut the quinoa in half used a yellow and orange pepper 1 cucumber used Kalamata olives small broccoli florets and an extra tomato. Also cut the oil in half in the dressing. SO DELICIOUS! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2010
Great gluten-free & vegetarian dish. Hearty enough to be a meal. I halved the recipe since 4c of quiona makes a ton! I only gave it 4 stars because the dressing was a bit too tart for me so I added a couple pinches of sugar to balance it out a bit. Otherwise this is a definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2011
This is an awesome salad! Beware if you are using a powerful blender like a Vitamix and cutting the oil in half as some have suggested... it comes out VERY thick like pudding! But still incredibly good. I just folded it into the salad and it worked itself in just fine. But there will be NO liquid dressing. Also I used Kalamata olives because that's what I had and I also added about 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese. DELISH! Read More
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