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Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta

Doesn’t it feel so easy to cook this time of year?!? I wouldn’t even consider this salad cooking if you ask me.

I don’t know about you, but I take one glance at the rainbow of beautiful summer veggies available at the farmers market ( and my garden) feels like .. Wham! .. an instant inspiration to want to run home and cook something fresh and healthy!  Don’t you?

With all of the fresh greens in season lately, I’ve been making kale and spinach and spring greens salads galore, which always feel so good.  But for something different tonight, I decided to make a refreshing cucumber salad.  I have cucumbers and tomatoes in abundance lately, so I grabbed some from the garden and tossed it with some fresh basil, ( also from the garden) red onion, and feta I had on hand.  And then added in some quinoa for extra protein, and tossed it all with a simple lemony vinaigrette.Screenshot 2017-07-23 at 4.34.15 PM

 

The result?

fresh, fun, and fantabulously flavorful salad that I already can’t wait to make again!

 

CUCUMBER QUINOA SALAD

This Cucumber Quinoa Salad is made with lots of fresh basil and feta, tossed with a simple lemony vinaigrette, and it’s SO fresh and delicious! Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free and quick and easy to make. Perfect for a side dish but it’s my dinner tonight!

 

INGREDIENTS:

CUCUMBER QUINOA SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups chilled* cooked quinoa (see this tutorial for how to cook quinoa) I usually make a large batch to have throughout the week.
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup julienned or roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 batch Lemony Italian vinaigrette (see below)

LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS:

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joes “everything but the bagel” seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
  • pinch of Himalayan salt and black pepper or to taste

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE CUCUMBER QUINOA SALAD:

  1. Toss all ingredients together until combined.  Serve immediately.

TO MAKE THE LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.

Summer Corn & Blueberry Salad

INGREDIENTS:

6     ears of fresh sweet corn, husked

1     cup fresh blueberries

1     small cucumber, sliced

1/4  cup finely chopped red onion

1/4  cup chopped fresh cilantro

1     Jalapeno pepper,  seeded and finely chopped.

2     tablespoons fresh lime juice

2     tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1     tablespoon raw honey

1/2  teaspoon ground cumin

1/2  teaspoon Himalayan salt 

 

In a large dutch oven bring salted water to a boil.  Add corn.  Cook covered for 5 minutes or until tender

When cool enough to handle, cut corn from the cobs. In a serving bowl combine corn, blueberries, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and Jalapeno.

For dressing, combine lime juice, olive oil, raw honey, cumin,and 1/2 tsp. salt. combine and mix well. Add to salad and toss.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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