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cold quinoa salad in a white bowl with a lemon slice

Easy Summer Quinoa Salad w/ Vinaigrette

  • Author: Allison Olivia
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x


A savory, protein-filled, summer cold quinoa salad with crispy bell pepper, crunchy corn, black beans, topped with a zesty vinaigrette.



Quinoa Salad:

  • 4 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup corn, cooked
  • 3/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
  • feta cheese (for the top of each serving)
  • avocado to taste (for the top)
  • salt and pepper

Zesty Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon (roughly 1/2 cup of juice)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



Prep: If you would like the quinoa to be cold, make quinoa about an hour before you’re assembling the salad and keep it in the fridge.

Quinoa Salad:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Top with feta, avocado, salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the zesty vinaigrette over the top of each serving individually.
  4. Keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Zesty Vinaigrette:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a liquid measuring cup and whisk. 



All these ingredients are extremely customizable. You can modify the amounts depending on what you like. If you want more corn, then add it! If you hate feta, throw in some goat cheese!

This keeps well in the fridge (without the dressing) for 4-5 days.

I usually drizzle the dressing over each serving, rather than the entire bowl, so it doesn’t get soggy, and each person can control how much dressing they want. 

To make quinoa, place 1 cup uncooked quinoa with 2 cups of chicken broth or water in a pan. Bring to a boil, turn down to low and cover with lid and cook for 10-15 min until liquid is gone. Remove from stove, let it cool and place in the fridge until you are ready to make the salad.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

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