oil free Oil-free Lemon-Kissed Quinoa Salad with Fresh Herbs

Lemon-Kissed Quinoa Salad with Fresh Herbs

The Lemon-Kissed Quinoa Salad is a celebration of vibrant flavors and wholesome ingredients. The zesty lemon dressing perfectly complements the nutty quinoa, while the fresh herbs add a burst of color and freshness. Whether served as a light lunch or a side dish at dinner, this salad is sure to impress with its bright and herbaceous taste. Plus, it’s easy to customize with your favorite veggies or protein for a satisfying and nutritious meal.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes | Total Time: 20-25 minutes

Kcal: 210 kcal | Servings: 4 servings

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado for garnish

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  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer and then combine with water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, Dijon mustard, parsley, cilantro, chives, red onion, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  4. Once quinoa is cooked, fluff it with a fork and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Pour the lemon herb dressing over the quinoa and toss until well combined.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  7. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado if desired.
  8. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

What’s more, this salad is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Quinoa is a complete protein, making it an excellent choice for vegans and vegetarians. It’s also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a great addition to any balanced diet. And with just a handful of simple ingredients, this recipe comes together in no time, making it perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

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