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Lemony Quinoa Salad

Lemony Quinoa Salad

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Being a mom is challenging. Sometimes I don't know how we pull it all off. My hubby has literally been working 24/7 this spring, leaving me with with half the support and two kids who miss their daddy endlessly. I will never take my better half for granted after this stretch.

In light of my current predicament, simple -- and I mean really simple -- has been the name of the game for me at mealtime. I feel like I'm juggling more and more these days, so I try to pack as many healthy foods as I can into every meal. Since I usually keep cooked quinoa in the fridge and used my speedy mandolin slicer, I was able to whip up this nutritious salad in minutes.

With Mother's Day approaching this light spring salad is perfect for taking things down a notch for mom and celebrating simple meals that go from dinner to the lunch box with ease.

Lemony Quinoa Salad  (serves 2)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
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Being a mom is challenging. Sometimes I don't know how we pull it all off. My hubby has literally been working 24/7 this spring, leaving me with with half the support and two kids who miss their daddy endlessly. I will never take my better half for...

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. 1. In a bowl, combine the quinoa, radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice and salt.
  3. 3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
Lemony Quinoa Salad

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  5. Sabrina

    August 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I’m always looking for quick, easy lunches for my 2 year old and I. We loved it. Thank you for another simple, yummy and delicious recipe.

  6. fabmommyof3

    May 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I love this!! Just like your husband my husband & I are crazy busy (I’m prepping one home to sell) while my husband is working all day and then going to the home we bought as we are renovating it and I’m home with our 3 boys (2, 3, & 8). Simple, fast & healthy is what I need and desire. So happy I found your site and saw you on “The Chew”. Such an inspiration to all us other crazy, busy, and health conscious moms! Thank you!!!

  7. Susan

    May 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Catherine, is there a type of Quinoa that you like; any brand?

    • catherine

      May 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I get it from Trader Joe’s!

  8. Katie @ Healthnut Foodie

    May 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Love making quick quinoa salads! This one looks great! Have you played around with amaranth yet? We made a cucumber amaranth salad for dinner last night and it received rave reviews by everyone!

  9. charise @ CRUNCH compass

    May 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I have some quinoa in the fridge and was just wondering what to do with a spare lemon before it goes bad… once again you read my mind! Thanks Catherine!

  10. Mary T.

    May 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Have made all of the other quinoa recipes in weelicious. They were all good! I was wondering how long cooked quinoa is good when refrigerated. Any response would be appreciated! Thanks!

    • catherine

      May 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      This salad will stay good for about 3 days in the fridge!

    • Katie @ Healthnut Foodie

      May 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      If it is undressed, we keep it for up to a week. If it has other ingredients that could spoil sooner, adjust according to whatever has the shortest shelf life.

  11. Heather Christo

    May 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Oh gosh Catherine- I have been thinking of you a lot. Just a few weeks to go! this salad looks fast and easy, but also delicious!

  12. Lynne

    May 3, 2013 at 2:22 am

    I do not know why my comment was not approved in the lobster rolls. But I hope this time my comment will get through and get approved. I have not tried Lemony Quinoa Salad but I like to eat salads so I guess I could try making it in the near future. What kind of dressing you put in the salad since I did not find any trace of mayonnaise or thousand island dressing?

    • catherine

      May 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      The olive oil, lemon juice, and salt act as the light dressing for this salad!

    • Missy

      May 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

      the dressing is lemon juice and oil
      the cucumber and tomatoes flavors get a boost
      no “dressing” necessary

  13. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    May 3, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Great idea for a salad, luckily my kids are on board with grains…for now :)

  14. Diana @ Eating Made Easy

    May 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I like this idea for Mother’s Day!!!