Five Step Simple Summer Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Super simple 5 step quinoa salad, yet so good, fresh, fast, and light but filling. It’s perfect for those summer barbecues because the longer it sits in the fridge, the richer the flavor becomes, so feel free to make it ahead of time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 small bell peppers, seeded and diced (used Orange,Yellow & Green but you can use any you choose)
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa then add to a pot with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and stir frequently until all water is removed and quinoa is fluffy, about 15 minutes.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, wash and chop the peppers and cucumbers into small cubes.
  3. Chop walnuts, then add cooked quinoa, peppers and cucumbers into a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl combine olive oil, balsamic and salt, and stir.
  5. Mix in the dressing with the quinoa mixture until well combined.
  6. Note: you can serve right away but I prefer cooling in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.