07 March 2012

Quinoa Veggie Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

We are going on our belated honeymoon soon, so healthy meals are in order for us (okay... at least 75% of the time)! I saw this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to make it right away. Quinoa is a welcome new addition to our kitchen. It is so easy to make and it can take on a variety of different flavors, depending on what else you add to it. This recipe is jam-packed with healthy and wonderful citrusy flavors. I think you'll really enjoy it!

Quinoa Veggie Salad
(Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)
Yield: 4 Servings

3/4 C. Dry Quinoa
1/2 C. Red Onion, chopped
1 Large Orange, segmented and chopped
2 Avocados, chopped
1 Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 C. Pomegranate Seeds (optional, I omitted)
1 C. Frozen Corn, thawed
1/3 C. Cilantro, chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 1/2 lb. Raw Shrimp, peeled and deveined, seasoned and grilled (optional)
Mixed Greens (optional)

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
2 Lemons, juiced
2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
1 tsp. Sugar
Salt and Pepper, to taste
6 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Cook quinoa according to the directions on the package. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the Lemon Vinaigrette in a jar or whisk ingredients in a bowl. Combine the cooled quinoa, red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate seeds, corn, cilantro, salt and pepper. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and stir to combine. This can either be a healthy side or part of a complete meal. I decided to serve this on a bed of mixed greens and added a few grilled shrimp for a light dinner. You could also serve this with chicken, tofu, or as is.


  1. Yum! I still haven't braved quinoa. This recipe might push me to go for it!

  2. Don't be intimidated, Melissa! It is SO EASY to make and I think that you'll really enjoy it!

  3. YUM! I am a huge fan of quinoa, it is so versatile!