Often in the summer, we crave foods that are light, quick and easy and don’t take away from our outside time. After all, as much as the summer is great because we generally have more time to think of and prepare really awesome, interesting ideas for dinner, when the sun is shining and the pool is warm, who wants to spend hours upon hours in the kitchen? Not us.
Ahh the quinoa salad. Fits all of the above criteria:
1. It’s quick and easy.
2. It’s light and fresh.
What else is so great about a quinoa salad? It is super healthy, a complete protein (therefore no meat required therefore no pre-planning – it doesn’t have to thaw in the fridge!), and so versatile! Quinoa salads are the perfect vessel to highlight all of summer’s bounty.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and corn are the stars of this show! All with a supporting cast of other veggies, this part-raw-part-cooked quinoa salad is light and refreshing! The corn is the only part that takes a bit longer, but it’s grilled on the barbeque so you can still be outside while preparing it. 🙂
Now get out and enjoy that summer sun! 🙂
Grilled Corn and Veggie Quinoa Salad
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min + 45 min
Serves: 7-8 (as a main dish)
For the Salad:
5 ears of sweet corn
1 c. quinoa
2 c. water
1/3 c. each red, yellow and orange pepper
1/2 c. zucchini
1/2 c. frozen peas
1/2 c. broccoli
1/3 c. cucumber
1/3 c. feta cheese
For the Dressing:
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
Preheat your grill to a medium-low. Place on corn and turn every few minutes until cooked with some grill marks, about 30-45min.
Add quinoa and water to a pot, bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 min. Set aside.
Meanwhile, chop all veggies into bite-sized pieces. Heat some oil on a pan and add all the vegetables except for the tomato and cucumber. Cook until tender-crisp.
In a bowl, mix quinoa, sauteed veggies, fresh veggies and feta.
Combine all dressing ingredients and stir into salad, mixing thoroughly.
Can be served warm or chilled.
What types of foods do you crave in the summer?