This is my summertime in a bowl.
A mix of nutty quinoa with veggies like carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, kale and cherry tomatoes straight from the market with fresh herbs like parsley and basil and dressed up in a tangy sweet mustard dressing. Top with crumbled feta for a salty kick and sprinkling of hemp seeds for extra nutrition or leave it as it is.
Yep. Summertime served in a bowl.
This easy quinoa salad is completely gluten free, totally vegetarian friendly and just… good (and good for you too!), making it the perfect make-ahead lunch (it’s all I’ve been eat for the past 2 weeks!) or easy side for any dinner.
Does it get any better than that?
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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.
If you haven’t noticed, I am a teeny-tiny kale salad obsessed as of late. From kale caesars to lemony kale salads, I can’t get enough kale in salad form. So, obviously, kale in my quinoa salad was a no-brainer.
And those fresh herbs! My patio 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 about 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 1-2-punch of salty feta and nutrition loaded hemp seeds. The feta because that salty, soft cheese is the perfect match for a sweet mustardy sauce. And the hemp seeds because let’s get extra fibre, omega-3’s and essential amino acids in whenever we can, right?
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