Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad (gluten-free, vegan)
A simple salad recipe, this grilled vegetable quinoa salad contains only seven ingredients and is dressed with a tangy vinaigrette. It makes a tasty and quick dinner recipe on a warm night or a simple, light lunch the next day. Loaded with veggies, color, and plant-based protein.
Some days I don't feel like cooking. And on those days, my solution is always to grill or roast veggies and make some sort of concoction. Thus, this grilled vegetable quinoa salad came out of those days.
It's super simple (grill veggies + cook quinoa) and makes a light lunch or dinner.
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Quinoa has been called a superfood for a few years now even though others have taken the spotlight. The reason that it became so popular is that it's a seed that gives the illusion of being a carb. Moreover, being that it's gluten-free made it a huge win with an allergy-friendly community.
Quinoa is also one of the only non-animal foods that is a complete protein. Meaning, it contains good amounts of all essential amino acids. However, it is also higher on the carbohydrate scale.
Conversely, I find that while the nutritional breakdown is higher in carbs, quinoa doesn't leave me feeling heavy or bloated after eating. it's light, fluffy, and takes on whatever flavor it's paired with.
- Quinoa is also high in fiber (almost twist as much as other grains)
- Contains iron
- Rich in magnesium
Quinoa is a wonderful source of plant-based protein. Thus, nothing really needs to be added. However, depending on your goals it's easy to add:
- grilled chicken
- hemp hearts
- sesame tofu
When To Make It
This vegetable quinoa salad recipe is really simple to whip up. Likewise, the best part is that it tastes delicious warm or cold! Indeed, if you have the time, cook everything, mix it together and let it chill in the fridge for a few hours.
However, it is also delicious warm. There's just something about grilled veggies I absolutely love. We use this quinoa salad for:
- Lunch - it's easy to whip up a big batch and portion out some lunches for the week
- A quick dinner just the two of us
- Barbeques - I rarely have salad options at gatherings so this one is a great option to bring along for everyone (like these spicy deviled eggs)
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- 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 14 spears asparagus
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ⅛ cup olive oil
- 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 5 tablespoons bold or dijon mustard
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How To Make The Salad
Cut the peppers into quarters and prep the asparagus. In a large bowl combine veggies.
Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and salt, and pepper.
Pour over veggies.
Grill the veggies on the bbq for 8-10 minutes or until just cooked.
Let the veggies cool then cut into bite-size pieces but leave tomatoes intact.
Mix the veggies into the quinoa.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Toss until fully combined.
Chill in the fridge for at least one hour or until ready to serve.
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Vegan Grilled Veggie Quinoa Salad
This vegan salad is light, refreshing, and simple to make. Similarly, it has a great nutrient boost and the grilled vegetables give it a great flavor. Use this quinoa salad as a side dish for a barbeque or just to munch on for lunch. It's gluten-free, easy, and delicious.