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Summer Quinoa Salad

Rated as 4.68 out of 5 Stars

"Loaded with fresh veggies and dressed with an olive oil-lime juice vinaigrette, this easy, summery dish makes a perfect light meal or a side dish to your favorite grilled entrée."
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45 m servings 263
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine quinoa, water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 12 to 15 minutes until water is absorbed. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk dressing ingredients in small bowl. Toss quinoa and remaining salad ingredients in large bowl. Toss with dressing. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 263 calories; 13.2 26.9 8.5 0 420 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

The salad was light, easy, and great the next day as left overs! Saving this to make again and again for SURE!

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I liked the look of this salad but found it very bland. There are better quinoa salads on this site.

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The salad was light, easy, and great the next day as left overs! Saving this to make again and again for SURE!

I added another tablespoon of lime juice for more flavor. I wish I had doubled the dressing because it was short; upon serving I had to offer my guests more store bought vinaigrette to add to di...

This was a good recipe. I would leave out the onions in the dressing. I think they clash with the garlic. I did not care for the olive oil taste. I would use something lighter next time like sun...

The salad was excellent. I made it as is with the exception of the olives. The dressing was the reason for 4 stars instead of 5, it was far too olive oil tasting. I plan to make this again; i...

I cooked the quinoa in chicken broth and it gave an extra yummy flavor. It will definitely be placed in my recipe file for easy, quick summer salads!

Just simply terrific. I added more garlic and lime juice to our taste. And I made my own black beans in the pressure cooker to avoid the additives in prepackaged beans.

Used 3/4 c. zucchini instead of avocado. Added +1/4 t cayenne pepper and 1/3 c. Parmesan. Delicious!

I used a favorite citrus dressing I had and made the quinoa with no sodium added chicken stock. This was so fresh and yummy and you can adjust the ingredients to customize to your taste. I prefe...

The only change I made was that I used Wishbone EVOO dressing instead of the recipe dressing. My family loved this!