Quick & Easy Quinoa Salad

All day today, I had planned to roast a bunch of veggies for dinner to toss with either quinoa or millet for Meatless Monday.  As the day went on, I just couldn’t make myself turn on the oven.  It’s way too hot outside, and I needed a quick dinner so that we could get to the baseball game on time not more than 20 minutes late.  I was looking for inspiration when I found a recipe for Quick Quinoa Salad on one of my new favorite blogs Eating Bird Food.  I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand, but I knew I could make my own version based on produce from my Bountiful Basket.
The salad was a cinch to make, was absolutely delicious, and got us out the door just in time…to see this coming our way.
Phoenix, Arizona
We waited for the dust storm to move through and finally got to the game in the 6th inning.  At least dinner was a success!  And I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch.
The best thing about this salad is that you can make it with whatever ingredients you have available.
-1 cup red quinoa
-1¾ cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
(use vegetable broth to make recipe vegan-friendly)
-3 green onions, chopped
-1 tomato, chopped
-½ English cucumber, chopped
-1 can white beans, rinsed
-2 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 Tbsp. raspberry balsamic vinegar
-pinch sea salt
1. Heat broth in a medium pot to boiling, add quinoa and stir.  Cover with lid and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for about 15 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
2. Toss vegetables, beans, oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl.  Add cooked quinoa and stir.  Serve warm or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.  Would work great as a cold side salad too.
Make sure to check out Eating Bird Food, she has some amazing recipes!

What’s your favorite no-cook or low-cook meal to throw together on a hot day?

  • Brittany July 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I'm so glad your quinoa salad turned out to be delicious. Quinoa is so quick and easy to make. Plus I love that it not only tastes good warm but you can eat it straight from the fridge as well. 🙂

    That dust storm looks crazy – I don't think I've seen anything like that before!

  • EA-The Spicy RD July 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Another dust storm???
    The quinoa salad looks delicious and your photos are pretty too. Looks like you're having fun with your new camera 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Wow that dust storm is crazy! I've never seen anything like it.

  • Alysa July 21, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Brittany, the salad was so good! I ate the rest of it today with some fresh basil mixed in. Thanks again!

    EA-the dust storms here are crazy!

  • Alysa July 21, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Sylvie, I know! Definitely not used to the dust here 🙂

  • Such The Spot July 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    First of all, that salad looks really light and refreshing. Second of all, haboobs are seriously freaky, right? We got stuck in a HUGE one driving between Hatch and Las Cruces a couple of years ago. I will never, ever forget it. It was one of the scariest things ever.