Quinoa salad doesn’t get easier than this! This Easy Quinoa Salad with Garden Veggies is a simple yet protein-packed, clean eating recipe perfect for a cold lunch or healthy side for dinner. Made gluten free and vegetarian with kale, zucchini and fresh herbs and topped with a sweet citrus dressing. Best topped with lots and lots of feta cheese!
This is my summertime in a bowl.
A mix of nutty quinoa with veggies like carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, kale and cherry tomatoes straight from the market with fresh herbs like parsley and basil and dressed up in a tangy, sweet, citrusy mustard dressing. Top with crumbled feta for a salty kick or leave it as it is.
Yep. I’m pretty sure this IS summertime served in a bowl.
And I’m definitely sure this is lunch and dinner for the next FOREVER!
MORE ABOUT THIS EASY QUINOA SALAD WITH GARDEN VEGGIES RECIPE
I love the crunch to this salad. The finely chopped raw veggies, like the carrot, the pepper and the cucumber give this salad amazing crunch. And that paired with the slight chewy-crunch the quinoa has going on – this salad has texture, my friends.
And then there’s the greens – kale and tons of fresh herbs.
And those fresh herbs! My cute yet very little backyard garden is overflowing right now (I am not complaining about that!) because I truly think fresh herbs just make everything better. And especially when used in mass amounts in grainy salads like this one.
But I think my favourite part of this salad is that dressing. I am all for tasty and homemade sauces. The key to a good anything is a good sauce. And this sweet mustard dressing has been my go-to for quite some time now. It’s tangy. It’s sweet. It’s packed with mustard, which just happens to be my favourite condiment of all time. And it ties it all together here.
I like to top this salad with a generously, large handful of salty feta because feta and its salty, soft cheese is the perfect match for a sweet, lemony mustard dressing.
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This recipe was originally posted in August, 2016 and has been updated and made over with a southwestern flare in July, 2018.