There is nothing as refreshing as a Zesty Quinoa Salad for lunch. This recipe is super easy to make, and of course, the flavors are going to pop! You’ll love having a healthier meal with flavor you love.
Zesty Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is a new favorite grain. With the high protein and gluten-free option more readily available in stores, it is time you check out new recipes. The combination of beans, quinoa, cranberries, and feta makes this a great flavorful option you and your family will enjoy.
Ingredients for Zesty Quinoa Salad
2 Cups of cooked quinoa
2 Cup of chopped fresh spinach, packed
1/4 packed Cup of finely chopped parsley leaves,
1 can of garbanzo beans
1/3 Cup of cranberries
1/3 Cup of feta cheese
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1 Teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
Directions for Zesty Quinoa Salad
To make the dressing, whisk together the juice of half a lemon, 1/4 Cup olive oil, 1 fat clove of garlic minced, salt and pepper. Add 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar (optional).
In a bowl, take all the ingredients, season with salt and freshly cracked pepper and add a generous drizzle of the dressing.
Mix to combine.
Let it hang out in the fridge for about 30 minutes – this will allow the flavors to mingle and develop. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Serving suggestions for Zesty Quinoa Salad:
Serve up this easy to make zesty quinoa salad alongside your favorite grilled chicken or shrimp for a complete meal. If you are looking for a vegetarian dish, then it can be served alone or with a side of roasted vegetables. Basic white quinoa is the most popular, but you may choose red or black if you prefer. Mix and match, or test out a different kind each time. It’s such a versatile vessel for your favorite vegetables!
Make this delicious zesty quinoa salad as a perfect side or lunch for your family. The great flavors and easy to follow recipe will make it a favorite for your meal plan this summer or anytime of year. Makes a terrific light dinner as well.