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Summer Squash + Zucchini Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Summer Zucchini Quinoa Salad with warm sauteed vegetables, toasted pine nuts and a dreamy lemon-dill dressing!

With farmer's market season in full swing, I'm doing all that I can to snap up as much produce as possible. One of my favorites right now is summer squash/zucchini. I'm hooked on making zucchini noodles, especially my pesto zucchini noodles and zucchini noodle pad thai, but I've also just been adding them raw to my salads. It's a nice alternative to cucumber.

Now I say “/” because summer squash and zucchini are kind of the same vegetable as far as taste goes, but I love the contrast between the yellow and green, which is why I tend to buy both of them. Today I've tossed these two veggies into this quick summer squash and zucchini quinoa salad, which is an absolute breeze to whip up and perfect for summer.

Summer Zucchini Quinoa Salad with warm sauteed vegetables, toasted pine nuts and a dreamy lemon-dill dressing!

Summer Zucchini Quinoa Salad with warm sauteed vegetables, toasted pine nuts and a dreamy lemon-dill dressing!

This recipe requires just 10 ingredients and comes together in less than 15 minutes!

You start by chopping up your squash and zucchini (I did mine in half circles) and giving them a quick sauté in some olive oil, salt and pepper.

Summer Zucchini Quinoa Salad with warm sauteed vegetables, toasted pine nuts and a dreamy lemon-dill dressing!

Once the veggies have softened slightly, you add your quinoa and cook it for just a few seconds more until everything is warm.

Then it's time for the dressing.

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I knew going in I wanted the dressing to be lemony, but I also wanted it to have a bold flavor, so instead of just squeezing in lemon juice and mixing in my other ingredients, I actually added some lemon zest too. By adding the zest, we're really able to amp up the flavor and add in that bright, happy feel that lemon seems to bring to meals.

Along with the lemon, it's just some chopped dill, red pepper flakes for a little heat and a touch more salt.

This summery Zucchini Quinoa Salad is light, flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients!

To round the whole salad out, we're adding in some toasted pine nuts which give it a nice nutty flavor and some much needed crunch.

In addition to the boost in texture and flavor you get, the pine nuts also add a ton of nutritional value to the salad. Not only are they high in vitamins A, C and D, but pine nuts are also filled with healthy fats and protein which will help to fill you up faster and make the entire more satisfying.

This summery Zucchini Quinoa Salad is light, flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients!

Here are some fun ideas for serving this salad:

  • Served warm along side some grilled tofu or chicken
  • Chill in the fridge, toss in some chickpeas and take it with you for a picnic
  • Serve a large scoop on top of your favorite greens with a drizzle of olive oil
  • Stir in your favorite protein to make it a full meal

Then it's just time to dig in and enjoy!

xo Alyssa

This summery Zucchini Quinoa Salad is light, flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients!

This summery Zucchini Quinoa Salad is light, flavorful and packed with healthy ingredients!
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Summer Squash + Zucchini Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

This recipe requires just 10 ingredients and comes together in less than 15 minutes!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword pine nuts, summer squash, zucchini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 320 kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer

Ingredients

  • 1 medium summer squash chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the squash and in zucchini in the olive oil until almost tender, about 3 - 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add quinoa to the skillet and cook for another minute or so until everything is warm.
  3. Whisk together the lemon juice, zest, dill and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  4. Either transfer this mixture to a bowl or leave in the skillet and add the dressing and pine nuts. Toss to combine, taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve warm or cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Summer Squash + Zucchini Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Potassium 772mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 46.5%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 16.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. This recipe over cooked the quinoa, making it pretty mushy. Even if you don’t mind that, I did not like the inclusion of the red pepper flakes, although I am usually a fan. It did not contrast well with the other flavors. Also, be careful that you do not put into much lemon, as it can be quite overpowering.

  2. Great recipe and super easy to make !! It’s delicious warm, not sure it will last long enough for it to get cold!

  3. I just made your Zuchini Quinoa dish and added some chickpeas. Delicious…..really enjoyed the flavors and the toasted pine nuts

    Thank Alyssa.

  4. Oooh I love that you added fresh dill! My mom has a ton of dill in her garden and the smell always makes me happy. I’m definitely taking advantage of summer produce, too – zucchini and watermelon every week, haha!

    • YES! Fresh dill is the best. And I’m also hopping on the watermelon train! Just made some watermelon lime spritzers that are going up on Sunday and have TONS of leftover juice. SOOO happy!

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