Summer Quinoa Salad

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Are you looking for a refreshing side dish to accompany your grilled steaks?  This is a perfect alternative to your regular leafy salad.  Try something different.  The crunchy cucumbers and ripe tomatoes will please your taste buds and clean your palate just in time for dessert.

This salad would be great on its own as well.  The saltiness of the feta compliments the acidity from the tarragon vinegar.  Who would have thought you could have so many flavors in a simple salad?  Go crazy and add some shrimp or chicken if you please.

What You Will Need:

½ C dry quinoa (don’t forget to rinse if needed)

1 C water

1 cucumber, cut into ½ inch pieces

1 tomato, diced

3 oz crumbled feta

1 ½ T tarragon vinegar

½ tsp dried basil

1 tsp garlic salt

What You Already Have:

Small pot with lid

Large bowl

Cutting board

1)      Prepare quinoa.  Mix water and quinoa in small pot.  Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer.  Cover to absorb liquid for about 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat.

2)      Mix tomato, cucumber, and feta with quinoa in large bowl.

3)      Pour in vinegar, basil and salt.  Toss.

4)      Serve.

**Note** If you want to get a little more creative, serve in green pepper.  Preheat oven to 350˚.  Fill green pepper with quinoa salad and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes and serve.

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21 comments

  1. Sounds wonderful and just right for summer!! Thanks for another great recipe idea!! Have a great weekend!!

    Kathy
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  2. Awesome! I am always looking for ways to incorporate quinoa. It's one of the best things you can eat! Did you know you can get organic quinoa pretty cheap at Costco?
    Visiting from VoiceBoks - blessings!
    Lisa

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  3. Hi! I never cook quinoa--now I might try it!

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  4. I think I will use the red bell pepper,simply bec i like the color red. :D

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  5. Looks yummy,I have tried and love quinoa. Thanks for sharing.
    I found your blog through the week-end hop.

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  6. Oh my goodness that looks yummy.. I will have to try this one for sure. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe!

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    Have a great weekend!

    Jami @bettyproject

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  7. YUM! Newest follower here (from the blog hop). Great blog. Please come visit us to get educational tips, coupon codes and more! Thanks! Ellen from Letter Learning: Educational Greeting Cards for Kids http://letterlearning.blogspot.com

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  8. I love this one, because I can look like I'm Martha Stewart with that lovely pepper presentation! Do you mind if I put this up on my Mommy CEO page and link to it?
    Thanks!
    Courtney
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  9. Quinoa is a hit in this house and I am loving the picture too!!! Just tweeted so my followers can find it yummy too! Hi from Voiceboks!

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  10. We're definitely going to try quinoa - this looks delightful!!

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  11. Another Quinoa lover! I am always touting the virtues of quinoa to everyone; it's "the ancient grain of the future." It does great as a main dish with beans/lentils and veggies. It's a great choice for vegetarians because it is higher in protein than other grains.

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  12. I like the idea of the feta cheese and cucumber. This is an easy but tasty side dish. Your newest follower. Nina
    NinaLaZina

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  13. Looks tasty and love the pictures. I'm a new follower from The Voice of Motherhood. My blog is at http://stacyjuba.com/blog/blog/ if you'd like to check it out.

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  14. Love this recipe. Haven't cooked with Quinoa yet. Visiting from VB. Check out my giveaway at http://www.greatbeautybuys.com

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  15. Oooh, quinoa is soooo healthy! It's the tops! --Christine at Why We Love Green @ http://whywelovegreen.blogspot.com

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  16. looks tasty...thanks for sharing your recipe! visiting from FTF, have a great week. :)

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  17. Ooohh...I love quinoa. New follower. WOuld love for you to follow back :)

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  18. looks delectable :) am gonna try this recipe, thanks for sharing.

    am your newest gfc follower from voiceboks :)

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  19. This sounds great. I love quinoa but always have trouble finding things to do with it. Will give this one a try. Returning you visit from VoiceBoks.

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