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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Easy Quinoa Salad In a Hurry

Leftovers can be recreated into something special! I was in a hurry and used three leftovers to create a quick and tasty quinoa salad. I found out that tossed salad, leftover cooked quinoa , and homemade lemon dressing taste great together. Sometimes you discover something by accident that turns out to really work well ! 

 That's what happened to me today. I had leftover salad from last night's dinner, leftover bold lemon salad dressing, and leftover red quinoa. I was looking for a quick, yet healthy lunch and decided to combine all three of them together in one bowl. I mixed, ate, and really enjoyed! 

My creation tasted great, involved no prep, and was satisfying!  

What more could I ask for?

Although this salad is a simple idea, it's gluten free, vegan, and nutritious! There's not much more to say! All you need is 1/4 cup of leftover red quinoa per serving, a cup or two of any salad per serving, and a tablespoon of any homemade salad dressing! ( scroll down for 8 homemade salad dressing recipes) 

If you don't have leftovers, here are some tips for making quinoa, making a quick homemade dressings, and some of my tried and truly loved salad dressing recipes. Bon appetit ! 

Tips on making quinoa 

  • I like to use red quinoa or a tri color quinoa that I get from Trader Joe. For me, the tiny darker seeds seem to cook up firmer and less sticky than cooking the white quinoa which for some reason becomes thick and pasty for me.
  •  I always soak and rinse my quinoa well because the seeds are naturally coated with saponin which wont hurt but can make your final product taste bitter. 
  • Just follow the cooking directions on the package. It's basic like rice
  • If you are not familiar with quinoa and want to know more, click over to read all about quinoa ( pronounced keen-wah). 
I like this blend of quinoa; it has a hearty taste and
 it's reasonably priced and organic


Our salad dressing recipes are made from all fresh ingredients and add a delicious zing to any salad.
I'm linking this post to Kahakai Kitchen's Souper Sunday   and my regular blog carnival list ! 



  1. I love when leftovers and ideas come together into something really delicious. I like the sound of that Bold Lemony Dressing too!

    Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

  2. Delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

  3. With so many of my favorite ingredients in one bite, who can resist this tasty delight? We're so glad you shared this healthy and delicious Easy Quinoa Salad In a Hurry recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm Pinning and sharing!

    1. I am a big salad lover! so many veggies to choose from and so many ways to dress them. The addition of quinoa makes it a meal for me!

  4. Love this idea! It's a great way to use leftovers. I'm finally back from vacation and will be trying your lemon dressing with my salads this week!

    We love having you link up with us for #HealthyVeganFridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

    1. I;m so happy to find a vegan healthy link up and I appreciate you hosting. You will love the healthy salad dressing and use it on everything!

  5. I love keeping it cool and simple in the summer, your salad looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today. Have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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