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April 28, 2019

by Alyssa Rimmer

Herbed Spring Quinoa Salad

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This healthy spring quinoa salad is made with fresh, seasonal veggies and tossed in a tasty lemon vinaigrette. It's also naturally gluten-free and vegan!

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Now that the weather is getting warmer and the air is starting to thicken with humidity, all my body has been craving is a light, healthy meal. Something that bursts with flavor. Something that tastes like sunshine with every bite.

This is the time of year to celebrate. We need to relish in the months ahead. Spring is a time of rebirth, of life. Our days are going to be filled with lush green grass, flowering trees, and early spring fruits and vegetables.

Do you have a smile on your face yet? I hope so because writing this is making my heart skip a beat. Summer is almost here which also mean…SALAD SEASON!

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How To Use Fresh Herbs to Add Flavor

During the winter, I rarely use light, fresh herbs like we are today. I find that I reach for either my jarred spices or hearty herbs like thyme and rosemary for all my roasted veggies. But not in the spring and summer!

This time of year it's all about fresh, bright flavors. Since we're using a blend of raw vegetables, herbs are a great way to add some pop. They lighten everything up and make the salad more fun!

We're using a blend of three herbs in our quinoa salad:

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Basil

And I think the combination of all three really livens up this salad! It also builds as the salad chills which just to helps elevate the flavor even more.

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The Perfect Salad With Spring Veggies

Remember when we shared our Spring Produce Guide? We used that as a reference point as we were picking veggies for this salad. Here's what we settled on:

  • Spring Snap Peas
  • Radishes
  • Artichokes

And all those fresh herbs! But the beauty of this salad? It's adaptable!

I recommend heading to the farmer's market and seeing what your local farmers have. From there, toss it with the rest of the ingredients and you'll be good! It's also a great salad to keep on repeat, while still making it different each time by changing out the veggies.

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A Spring Quinoa Salad that's Meal Prep Friendly!

Since we're moving into spring and summer, it's important that our salads are also meal prep friendly. We want to be able to make the ahead whether we're taking them to a picnic, the beach or serving them at a party.

Just like the Greek Quinoa Salad we shared last week, this spring quinoa salad gets better with time. The lemon continues to brighten things up, the herbs build flavor and the artichokes add their brininess throughout.

This salad just speaks Spring to me! It's fun, it's zippy, it's light and it's also satisfying since it's packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats. For all the salad lovers, this is going to be a go-to this season!

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Herbed Spring Quinoa Salad

This healthy spring quinoa salad is made with fresh, seasonal veggies and tossed in a tasty lemon vinaigrette. It's also naturally gluten-free and vegan!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 239kcal
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Ingredients

for the salad:

for the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Toss the quinoa, chickpeas and veggies together in a large bowl. Add the herbs and toss to combine.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the salad and toss together. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably for an hour, then serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 12.9mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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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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  1. I made this with dinner last night and it was excellent! I ate the leftovers for lunch today and it tasted just as good as last night. This is the perfect dish to pack for boating, the beach, or the pool. I’m not sure I will make any other quinoa recipes now since I loved this one so much! 🙂

    • Thanks Melina! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. It really is the perfect summer dish, isn’t it!?

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  3. Another bright, fresh quinoa creation — interesting combo, and you know how I love to put anything in a jar! And just hearing about your home away from home makes me wan to visit.

    Here’s to summer!

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