Quinoa Salad with Feta, Cherry Tomatoes, and Balsamic Dressing

 

A nutritious and all natural quinoa salad with feta, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette.

What an absolutely beautiful Saturday!  Sunny and 70 degrees, you can’t ask for better weather!!  I spent most of my day outside weeding and cleaning up the yard.  I was also playing fetch with Sid while Dixie was digging up chunks of grass and mud (and I wonder why my yard looks horrible!!!)  Then I thought it would be really fun to take both of the dogs for a walk myself …. bahhahahhaah.  It was like being pulled down the street by a tank.  Then they decided they would rather wrestle than walk…. I can’t imagine what the cars driving by were thinking.  But I know what I was thinking:  turn this bus around!  All in all, our walk lasted about 10 minutes and I could still see our house the entire time.  We will be refreshing our walking politely on leash training ASAP.

quinoa salad close up

Anyways, I also spent a good amount of the day cooking.  I got up early to get my english muffin dough mixed up and rising.  Then I tried my hand at making vegetable stock from kitchen scraps.  The recipe for that is going to be coming soon!  Then I made a breakfast smoothie (recipe is also coming soon!).  Basically, what I am trying to tell you is stay tuned!  I know I have been slacking a little lately on new recipes, and I am getting back on track for y’all.  Finally, I made this amazing quinoa salad for lunch.  This salad has been my go-to meal for lunches during the week since I don’t have a microwave.  I have been craving lighter, fresher meals with the weather warming up, and this salad is just what I need.  It is also super filling and all natural!  Yay!

Quinoa Salad with Feta, Cherry Tomatoes, and Balsamic Dressing
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Recipe type: Salad
 
A nutritious and all natural quinoa salad with feta, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes (or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mix together cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and feta cheese. Once quinoa is cool, add the quinoa.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Serve cold.

This would also be yummy with whatever add ons you like.  Chicken would be a great addition.  I have added mushrooms, green onions, you can really get creative with this one.

quinoa salad

 

much love,

Heather

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