Simple Summer Quinoa Salad

DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post that I did for Mabel’s Labels. For the complete recipe, go here

Summer time is here! Lazy days at the park, pool or in your backyard call for some simple meal-planning for the family. As a teacher, I am off during the summer so my meals tend to reflect a laid-back, basic yet healthy vibe.

My Simple Summer Quinoa Salad recipe is perfect for picnics at the park or a great dish to bring to summer BBQs. I love the sweetness that the roasted red peppers bring to this salad and the salty feta cheese is the perfect balance.

I serve this salad cold and my daughters adore it and by adding spinach, they get some extra nutrients.  Sometimes I even serve it sans dressing – a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of lemon would suffice.

The thing I love most about throwing this easy salad together is that there are so many shortcuts available. No time to roast the red peppers? No problem! Unico has a great prepared product that I use often that you can grab at your local grocery store. And instead of sautéing the spinach, you can opt for frozen, pre-chopped. Simply defrost and add it to the salad!

Simple Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe

Prep time:  20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes for quinoa, 25 minutes for roasted red peppers (if desired)

Total time: About 30 minutes

Servings: 6-8



  • 5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 medium red bell peppers
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach or 1 block frozen, chopped spinach
  • 1.5 cups crumbled, low fat feta cheese


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • A squeeze from a fresh lemon wedge


  1. Cook quinoa as per directions. For added flavor, use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water during cooking. Let cooked quinoa cool before adding other ingredients and fluff with a fork
  2. For the complete recipe, go here

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