Lemony Vegetable Quinoa Salad

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I know I’ve been posting a whole lot of sweet stuff here lately. But I promise, I’m eating some healthy things, too! I’ve been scarfing down veggies with eggs and avocado for breakfast in an attempt to stay full. It works wonders for this nursing mama.

This quinoa salad was a big hit with my husband and my in-laws, much to my surprise! Usually my husband sticks with classic food. But I filled this with vegetables we both like, and he didn’t complain about the unpronouncable quinoa. He even suggested the salad would be great on spinach and proceeded to eat it like that the next day.

You can use any veggies you like in here. Crunchy ones like bell pepper give a nice contrast to the quinoa. The original recipe calls for tomatoes, which I’m sure would be fantastic if you like them. But I don’t.

Lemony Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Lemony Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Adapted from The Garden Grazer, who adapted it from Betty Crocker


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 15 oz. canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 2 sweet bell peppers, diced small
  • 1/2 c. frozen corn, defrosted (in the summer, you can sub fresh corn ... yum!)
  • 1/2 c. frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 green onions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • Dressing
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil or 2 T fresh basil, cut in chiffonade


Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and toss well to combine. For best results, refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors meld.

Mr. V suggests serving this on baby spinach salad with a little extra dressing for optimum goodness. It's terrific by itself, though, too!


Do you like quinoa? If so, what’s your favorite quinoa recipe? I’m always looking for a good one. 

Gluten Free Meal Plan via Musings of a Housewife

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan … and altogether just good and healthy!

Added to Ultimate List of Mom Resources & Ingredient Spotlight: Bell Pepper.

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