Super Simple Summer Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has been my go-to protein this summer.  It's light, yet filling, and adaptable to whatever flavor mood you are in.  I love it plain, mixed into giant salads, but last night I was looking for something a little different that would please the whole family, and so this super simple recipe was created.  Full of fresh flavors, this is perfect for a quick summer dinner or side dish.  Even my mom was a fan.

Super Simple Summer Quinoa Salad - Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free


2 cups dry quinoa

5-6 small tomatoes (like Roma)

Handful of fresh basil, chopped

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper


Prepare quinoa according to instructions on package. Tip:  Don't forget to RINSE your quinoa.  This is really important as quinoa has a natural coating which is not so pleasant tasting if not rinsed off.

While quinoa is cooking, chop tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and add to your serving bowl.  Add in chopped basil and lemon juice.  Note:  Adding the hot quinoa to the tomatoes allows them to soften a bit, which my family loved.  No big deal if you already have cooked quinoa that is cooled, but you may not achieve the same result.

Once quinoa is done, add to serving bowl (over the tomatoes) and mix.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with more fresh basil (if desired).  Enjoy!

I can see this recipe also being delicious served over fresh greens, such as arugula or baby kale.  It would also be lovely to add in other grilled veggies (such as portabello mushrooms and squash).