Friday, May 4, 2012

Quinoa Summer Salad with Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Corn

When I went to Costco, I found another bargain, Organic Quinoa, 4 lbs for $9.99. This is a real good deal . because some places, it is almost $4 per lb. I was anxious to make something with the quinoa, and we needed a side dish for our jalapeno chicken sausages. I  remembered Kim@LivLife, and herQuinoa Salad with Avocado, Black Beans and Chipotle Lime Dressing  but I didn't have all of the ingredients.  Then I saw this very versatile recipe on the quinoa bag for Summer Quinoa Salad. The salad uses cooked quinoa with a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, any that you might have on hand.

The salad turned out so well, as you can see.  Even with the dressing, the leftovers will keep a couple of days in the fridge.  I had some for lunch yesterday.  Cooked quinoa will keep in the fridge for several days, as well.  Next time, I might make a breakfast quinoa.  There are so many possibilities with the cooked quinoa; breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whatever you make, you will enjoy it, and it's so easy and quick to make this beautiful salad.

Quinoa Summer Salad with Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Corn from Earthly Choice  Makes 6 cups
2 cups vegetable, chicken stock, or water
1 cup quinoa   Earthly Choice is pre-rinsed Rinse if   needed

4 cups of vegetables or fruit such as: Fresh raw or diced or sliced
cucumber, tomatoes, stone fruit, peppers, mushrooms or grapes, 
avocado and /or steamed veggies like, broccoli or asparagus spears, 
 sliced zucchini, green beans. pea pods, corn kernels, black beans, 
 squash, or diced pumpkin.
1/2 diced red onion I used green onions.
2 tbsp lemon or lime juice   I used lime juice
1 tbsp balsamic or wine vinegar
3 1/2  tbsp. olive oil
 Salt and Pepper to taste
          1/2 c chopped cilantro or parsley   
          3 tbsp sliced or chopped nuts I didn’t use these. 
Using two cups of broth or water for one cup of quinoa, combine broth and quinoa in medium saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a rapid boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer, until quinoa is tender, but still chewy and white spiral-like threads appear around each grain, for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
In large bowl combine veggies and fruit of your choice with lemon or lime juice, vinegar, and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Toss in the cooled quinoa, nuts, cilantro, taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.  Serve chilled, and garnish with more herbs, if desired.
 This is not a sponsored post, and the opinions expressed here are mine

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  1. Wow, that is a deal. I haven't even tried the quinoa on the family yet but I do like the idea of using it on a salad first. Yours looks delicious.

    1. Christiane,
      You could also add a telittle or spinach to the quinoa, and Dudette might even know, that the quinoa is there:) qhinoa has a nutty taste with a chewy texture.

  2. That's a great deal Becky, it's usually about $4 a pound here, I've seen it as high as $5 or $6 though. I bet you could put all kind of veggies in here. I'm so ready for summer and summer salads, bring on the heat. So glad you are keeping busy. Hope you have a great weekend.

    1. Gina,
      This was a good deal for organic quinoa, which was pre-rinsed. It didn't taste bitter at all. I love summer salads, and with the quinoa, you have so many options.

      Hope that you have a great weekend, too.

  3. What a fantastic summer salad! It has been awhile since I have used quinoa in anything. I need to give it a try again--I only hope I can find it at such a great price!

    1. Jill,
      This salad is so versatile, depending on what you have in your fridge.I hope you find a great buy on the quinoa.

  4. Quinoa does have so many uses, I have no issue with buying a lot and I do not belong to Costco, but I will look for it at Sam's club (I hope they have it)! Your salad does look fabulous, something I could eat 2 or three days in a row for lunch. Thanks for posting this and enjoy the weekend Becky!

    1. Tina,
      Quinoa is very versatile, and you can vary what you add to it, and change the dish completely. Hope that you can find a good buy on the quinona.

      Have a great weekend!

  5. Mmmmm...I love Quinoa! Great salad.

    1. Kim,
      You should try this salad. It is so good.

  6. I love Quinoa salads, and yours Becky, is so colorful, healthy, and delicious. the broccoli, tomatoes, and corn combination is a huge favorite of mine...3 different bright colors, and three different flavors and textures mixed in with the quinoa; how can anyone not love this?...Yumm!

  7. Elisabeth,
    I love the fact with this quinoa salad that you can add any combinations of vegetables and fruits, to create your own color palette.


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