Recipes

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

INGREDIENTS:

QUINOA SALAD

  • 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

DRESSING:

  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

  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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