The fresh, cool side you can’t get enough of: Quinoa salad with cucumber & grape tomatoes

quinoa salad with cucumbers and grape tomatoes

This cool, fresh salad is the perfect dish to serve alongside grilled skewers or herbed chicken in the summer, and can even stand alone as a vegetarian entrée. This is because quinoa is packed with protein, so even without a sprinkling of tangy goat cheese or feta (either of which would add a welcome savoury zing to the salad), this dish can serve as a complete light meal.

I didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand at the time I made this, but some coarsely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley or mint would brighten things up considerably, giving the salad an even fresher, cooling taste. Here’s to summer!

Do you have a favourite summery salad (with or without quinoa) that you’d like to share? I’m always looking for new recipes to try during the warmer months!

Quinoa salad with cucumber & grape tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise and chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 package grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • A splash of white vinegar (note: you can also use lemon juice)
  • 1 handful flat-leaf parsley or mint, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine the quinoa, cucumber, tomatoes, onion and garlic in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the dressing and fresh herbs to the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.

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