I took on the project of staining our back deck this weekend and I knew that I would have little time to make a good lunch. I found this great recipe on Pinterest which lead me to the website gimmesomeoven.com. I pre-made my quinoa the day before so that it would be nice and cold. This salad is super fresh and delicious! It is easy to make and it doesn’t take long to put together. It was the perfect salad to have while working outside on a hot day.
I crumbled the feta on top of my serving and did not add it into the salad. I also only used half of the dressing. I will definitely use the other half on a garden salad.
1 English cucumber, diced
2 cups chilled cooked quinoa
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup julienned or roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1 batch Lemony Italian vinaigrette (see below)
LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
Pinch of salt and black pepper
To make the cucumber quinoa salad:
1. Toss all ingredients together until combined. Serve immediately.
To make the lemony Italian vinaigrette:
1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
*If you add hot quinoa fresh out of the pan, it will melt the cheese and wilt the basil in this recipe. It is recommended to cook the quinoa beforehand and chill.
I love this salad! It was super good paired with Lime Grilled Chicken. The next day I had leftovers of both. I just cut the chicken up into the salad….perfect lunch!
I took this recipe from The Best of Bridge – The Best of The Best and more.
CILANTRO LIME DRESSING
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp cumin
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
19 oz can black beans (turtle beans), rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, diced
12 oz can kernel corn, drained
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
In medium bowl, whisk together oil and lime juice. Add cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper and mix well. Stir in salad ingredients and correct seasoning. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6
I have had this recipe for so many years. I’m not even sure what cookbook it came from. I have seen this salad with many different additions, crumbled bacon, sunflower seeds or raisins. I have also seen this salad with cubed cheese instead of shredded. This is a great recipe to make your own by adding the flavours/textures your family likes.
Below is the full dressing recipe, but I have cut it in half. I seem to be the only one who eats this salad, so I don’t like to make a whole massive bowl of it. I just add enough broccoli, cheese and onions to last about 2 days. I also find that the dressing has a lot of sugar in it. To make it less sweet….add less sugar.
Fill a bag and a half of broccoli spears
Medium red onion, diced
Grated cheddar or marble cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp vinegar
1. Cut up broccoli and onions. Mix together with the grated cheese.
2. Mix together the sugar, mayonnaise and vinegar. Add dressing to the broccoli and let sit for about a day.
Halved dressing recipe
6 Tbsp sugar (I add 4 Tbsp)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp vinegar