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Quinoa Summer Salad Recipe
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Quinoa Summer Salad

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"If you are looking for something different and distinct to bring to a summer barbeque, you have found the perfect recipe. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. The lack of allergy-inducing ingredients does not reflect the intense sensory-flavor experience you and your guests will enjoy."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins


  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot; add white quinoa and red quinoa. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 minutes. Set quinoa aside to cool while you complete the remaining steps.
  2. Combine red onions, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, sea salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Stir in white and red quinoa.
  3. Whisk olive oil and lime juice together in a separate bowl; pour over quinoa mixture. Stir to coat. Add cilantro and stir to incorporate. Cover salad and refrigerate for flavors to blend, at least 4 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 20, 2014

This was very, very delish! The only change I made was using Grape Seed Oil instead of Olive Oil! BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE... I love stuffed bell peppers but have cut back on rice these days. I took half of the final product and added it to a mixture of browned 1 pound lean ground beef and 1/4 hot Italian sausage and 2 cups of tomato sauce. Stuffed peppers and baked. YUM!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 05, 2014

I think this has potential but it is missing something. Would love to come back to this recipe in a few months and see if anykne has suggestions. I chopped up 1 red onion and I could have used much less. The onion completely over powered the dish. Also, my husband and I thought it could have used more lime. I have been looking for a good quinoa salad for awhile. I am willing to give this another try if anyone has some suggestions.

Jul 21, 2013

Outstanding gluten free summer salad. Made it per the directions except that I zested the limes into the onion and pepper mixture. Served it with avocado sections on the side. The family want it every day in place of potatoes, rice, or pasta.

Aug 21, 2013

I made a 1/2 recipe, and used only white quinoa, since that's what I had. This is a delicious summer cool salad--we loved it!

Aug 10, 2014

I liked the crunchiness from the onion, and bell pepper. Perfect as a meal on its own. Next time I will try adding diced cucumbers as a complimentary dish to go along with it.

Jun 08, 2015

I couldn't find red quinoa in my usual grocery store, Giant, so i used all white instead, and half of it had a garlic flavor I think really blended well with the flavors. I used twice the amount of red pepper, b/c I love it, added the 2 limes and a couple more splashes of bottled lime juice, and that helped too, with a balancing amount of cilantro of course. Next time I make this though, one thing I would decrease is the amount of red onion, too much onion! And I like red onion in general, but, Serious onion breath here. Even after days of making it the onion seems to stay very fresh. I think I'll take the advice of corn and ground beef w/ the cooked onions. That sounds like a great idea. Thanks!

Apr 17, 2015

The predominate flavor was sharp red onion with little else. If I was doing this again, I would cut down the amount of onion significantly then add more lime.

Dec 24, 2014

I agree with one reviewer that it was lacking something. I put in Mrs. Dash, can of corn, more lime juice. It still was not as good as I had hoped. Then I threw in some ground beef I had prepared (browned with onions and garlic and a little spices). And THAT is what was missing. It was so good after that. I'll make again but only with ground beef. Stand alone it isn't all that great.


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  • Calories
  • 239 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 4.9 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 236 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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