Lunch/Cucumber, Tomato + Avocado Quinoa Salad
May 22, 2016

by Alyssa Rimmer

Cucumber, Tomato + Avocado Quinoa Salad

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A simple avocado quinoa salad with crunchy cucumbers and juicy tomatoes. It's light, refreshing and simple to make, and is perfect for a summertime picnic!

Avocado Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes + Cucumbers -- so bright, fresh and healthy! It's the perfect summertime salad and easy to take on picnics or pack for BBQs {vegan}

Last week might have just been one of the best mail weeks ever. Why? I was randomly shipped an entire box of avocados, which if you've been following for a while, you know is my absolute favorite thing in the entire world.

But what do you do with 8 avocados that all go ripe at the same time!?

For one, you make avocado toast on the reg. Number two, you make guac on the reg. Number three, you make avocado mousse in a bunch of yummy flavors (recipes coming soon). Number four, you make raw zucchini noodles with avocado pesto (also coming soon!). And number five, you make avocado quinoa salad with tomatoes and cucumbers.

Eight avocados = done.

Cucumber, Tomato + Avocado Quinoa Salad -- simple, healthy and SO flavorful!

Funny story, this salad was actually inspired by a video I saw on Facebook. You know all those Tasty videos that BuzzFeed is putting out that seem to have taken over everyone's news feeds? Well usually those recipes don't appeal to me AT ALL because they're either filled with cheese, deep fried, or use wayyy to much sugar.

But when I saw this fresh, bright salad that used only a few ingredients (one of which was avocado and I had five more that needed to be used up), I decided to remake it with my own quinoa spin.

I actually kept to the recipe pretty closely, just changed up some proportions and added in my quinoa. At first I was a little underwhelmed by the flavor, but I decided to let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes and give it another try and oh boy! That's when the flavors really popped!

A simple avocado quinoa salad with cucumbers and tomatoes -- perfect for lunch or for a light, summer meal!

You only need a few simple ingredients, the dressing is just a blend of lemon and olive oil and you toss it all together and you're done. One of those meals that comes together in a flash and makes for awesome lunch leftovers the next day!

And since this salad gets better as it sits, it's the perfect dish to bring to a summer BBQ or out on a picnic. I know that when I'm up in Maine for the 4th of July, I'll definitely be bringing this salad to the beach!

Your turn…

What is your favorite way to use avocado? And what do you do when you have multiple ones go ripe at the same time? Share your faves in the comments below!

xo Alyssa

Avocado Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes + Cucumbers -- so bright, fresh and healthy! It's the perfect summertime salad and easy to take on picnics or pack for BBQs {vegan}

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Cucumber, Tomato + Avocado Quinoa Salad

You only need a few simple ingredients, the dressing is just a blend of lemon and olive oil and you toss it all together and you're done. One of those meals that comes together in a flash and makes for awesome lunch leftovers the next day!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 222kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Avocado Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes + Cucumbers -- so bright, fresh and healthy! It's the perfect summertime salad and easy to take on picnics or pack for BBQs {vegan}
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped english cucumber seedless is best
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 large avocados diced
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or herb(s of choice)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A drizzle of olive oil I used about a tablespoon
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the cucumber, tomato, avocados, onion, quinoa and cilantro. Toss to combine.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over salad, drizzle with olive and season with salt and pepper, and give it another toss.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors marinate. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Notes

recipe adapted from BuzzFeed

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 27.2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2.3mg

 

 

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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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