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Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash & Currants

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash & Currants | Gluten-Free & Quinoa | Queen of Quinoa

In case you didn't know, it's summer squash and zucchini season. And these two little gems are hitting the blogosphere like nobody's business. But I couldn't be happier. They're one of my favorite things to eat in the summer.

And it's perfect because it seems like everywhere I look, there's another blogger cooking up an amazing squash recipe {which of course I use for inspiration} or proudly sharing their gigantic garden harvest {which of course makes me extremely jealous}.

Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash & Currants | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

Sadly we don't have a garden, but we do belong to a CSA. This is my first time joining a CSA and I'm in pure heaven. Every Tuesday after work, I drive {or bike} to pick it up. The anticipation is killer. What am I going to get this week? What seasonal goodies are going to grace our kitchen counters and make their way into our meals?

It's like the best guessing game ever.

It's only our third week (we got started a little late this year), and all three baskets have been full of summer squash and zucchini. From big ones to little baby ones to pattypan and even tri-colored ones. Enough for plenty of kitchen experiments.

Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash & Currants | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

And without further ado, I introduce my finest summer squash and zucchini creation yet. This delicious quinoa salad is full of fresh organic veggies from our CSA, is lightly sweetened with red currants, and is tossed in a summery lemon dill dressing. It is a perfect lunch, side dish {accompanied by a delicious piece of salmon} or served as your main entree.

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Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash & Currants

This delicious quinoa salad is full of fresh organic veggies from our CSA, is lightly sweetened with red currants, and is tossed in a summery lemon dill dressing. It is a perfect lunch, side dish {accompanied by a delicious piece of salmon} or served as your main entree.

Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword currants, summer salad, summer squash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 251 kcal
Author Queen of Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini julienned
  • 1 medium squash julienned
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 bunch dill finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 3 hard boiled eggs roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup red currants
  • 1/4 cup brown flax seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water to boil in a small sauce pan. Cover and reduce to a simmer for 8 - 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the quinoa from the heat and keep covered for 5 minutes. Lightly fluff with a fork and transfer to a mixing bowl, allowing it to cool for another 10 minutes.
  3. Add the zucchini, summer squash and green onions to the quinoa and mix well until combined.
  4. Whisk together the lemon zest, juice, dill, garlic, salt and pepper and toss with the quinoa.
  5. Add the eggs, currants and flaxseeds and fold into the quinoa salad.
  6. Top with red pepper (if you like added heat).
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

gluten-free | diary-free | sugar-free | nut-free | soy-free

 

adapted from 101 Cookbooks

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash & Currants
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 810mg23%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 13515IU270%
Vitamin C 44.2mg54%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. Hi Alyssa!
    I just discovered quinoa and love it, so I’m glad I found your blog to learn more ways to use it. Your food photography is very nice too! I love good food photography and try to do some of my own, so your site will be a source of inspiration for me. Where did you find the bowl the quinoa is in above? I love things with a rustic look like that!

  2. I love quinoa too. Do you ever soak your quinoa and other grains before cooking? I’ve seen that online several times.

    • In my quinoa granola recipe I soak and dehydrate before using them in the granola, but I have yet to try it prior to cooking. I’ve read that it helps with digesting the grains. Let me know if you give it a try 🙂

  3. i love quinoa….i have never done this with egg,,,will try and instead of currants….try poms….delish!! thanks for share

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