Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Italian Quinoa Salad

Italian Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

We've been eating a lot lately - there I'm just putting it out there!  So now you know! With just getting back from vacation, visits from the kids, a retirement party, charity fundraiser and just NOT wanting to watch it, oh boy it is time to get back on track.  This past weekend I stocked up on fresh veggies, fruits, lean meats and whole grains.  Hence this tasty quinoa creation with an Italian flair!

Now I'm sure some of you are thinking you can't wait until summer, your gardens come in and you can have fresh produce at your door step.  Right?  Well, I also have to admit that we are having no garden this year.  Shocking after having one for almost 20 years but with the 2 of us, I've made enough salsa to provide for a small army and put up enough tomatoes for gallons of sauce.  We (more I) decided to call it quits.  The DIY Guy was really OK with it - we both were getting tired of weeding, watering and tending to the veggies.  I will plan on having some herb pots on the deck and for anything else, I'll be heading down to our wonderful farmer's market because I know I'll be wanting to make this recipe all summer long.

Italian Quinoa Salad

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13-15 minutes
Yield 4-6 side dishes
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup diced cucumber (seeded, leave skin on)
  • 1 cup diced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (dried)
  1. Prepare Quinoa according to directions with the 2 cups water
  2. Cook until done, drain if necessary and then let cool in refrigerator for about 20 minutes
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the olive, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
  4. Toss in tomatoes, cucumbers, mozzarella cheese and basil; stir gently
  5. Add cooled quinoa and mix well
  6. Keep chilled for at least 90 minutes for flavors to blend.
  7. Keeps in refrigerator for about 4-5 days
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Italian Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

Italian Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

I'm sure you are wanting to grab a fork and dig right in!  Be sure to put this one on your picnic list.

Italian Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

And speaking of picnics, our Best of the Weekend party turned 100 (I know we all look so young!)  We are giving away this awesome picnic set - ants not invited!  Good luck!

Other salads you might enjoy - Mexican Quinoa and Chopped Greek Panzanella


  1. No garden, huh? I'll bet it must be hard staying on top of it, and I hate wasting food! I really want one, but I'm afraid it'll stress me out trying to use everything up. haha This is the best kind of meal to get back on track with, Deb -- it looks delicious!

  2. This dish looks so light and fresh, Deb! Great way to get back on track!

  3. Love quinoa and this is a gorgeous salad!

  4. This salad reminds me a lot of the one I purchase at the grocery store. It will be nice to make my own from now on!

  5. Gorgeous! I love quinoa salads and this sounds so light and fresh!

  6. I hear you, the last month I have not been eating very clean, and I have been working to get back on track too. This recipe looks perfect for doing just that!

  7. Quinoa salad is just perfect for summer! I couldn't keep a garden if I tried.. I somehow killed my potted plant within the last two weeks :(

  8. Great idea! I love the simplicity of this and the classic flavors....a good way to convert people still on the fence about quinoa!!

  9. Hand me a fork, please! This is my kind of meal!

  10. Mmm ... this looks wonderful! I need to get back on track, too. :)


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