This is an easy, super healthy, satisfying, energy boosting quinoa and sundried tomato salad that I simply had to share! It doesn't even need a salad dressing and yes I know that I've always said that a salad is only as good as it's dressing. Now that there is no dressing to complement and pull off the flavors, yet it's still worth sharing then for sure this salad is a keeper.
With the December holidays fast approaching and the to do list filling up quicker than any Christmas stocking, tiresome kicks in. When your energy is low, try this quinoa salad, it's amazing!
Why You Should Make This Quinoa Salad
First off quinoa can me cooked in advance and stores for a good few days in the fridge. Perfect for those quick lunches and salads to keep you going.
- Nutty texture
- Very quick and easy
How To Make This Quinoa Salad
Here are a few simple reminders to help you get the most out of the ingredients and make the best quinoa salad!
Ingredients: When you think of the ingredients that will go with your quinoa salad, think bright fresh and seasonal.
Also use whatever you have in jars that can add flavor because quinoa although extremely nutritious can also be very bland for some. I use jarred sundried tomatoes for the salt, acidity and oil which brings flavor and the richness it gives! If you do go with jarred sundried tomatoes, your own homemade is first choice obviously otherwise if you can the very best quality. It makes all the difference and doesn't have to be the most expensive.
Dressing: You want to go with an all flavorful dressing, again because quinoa can be bland. In this salad, I never made a dressing because it didn't need one. The oil from the sundried tomatoes is so delicious and so flavor packed all you need is to taste and adjust the seasoning.
What To Add To Quinoa
Besides fresh vegetables and a dressing not much is left but to enjoy, however, here are a few ideas to give your quinoa salad a pop.
Greens like spinach, cucumber and kale are fantastic additions. I love kale and will add even to pasta! Cucumber is fresh and is at its best in our summer months and is a perfect addition to salads like this Cucumber and Onion Salad
Carrots always show off their stunning colors and especially when you find the red and yellow ones combined with the orange. How pretty are those! Grating carrots is my worst though, box grater or food processor, it's one of my 'irritations'. For this reason I always thinly slice or use the mandolin for slicing, it's a life saver.
Bell peppers: Love them all, all the colors, the sweet and slightly bitter, in salads they are wonderful! Texture, taste and nutrients, all there.
Then there are other ingredients like red kidney beans, chickpeas, fresh herbs they all add a dimension of taste, texture and nutrients so try your favorites.
Options and Substitutes
Once you cooked quinoa you can serve it cold or hot, as a salad or a savory meatball affair, either way it makes the perfect side or main dish.
Our favorite way to serve quinoa is with avocados for some creaminess, feta and olives for a Mediterranean option.
More Quinoa Recipes
- Cooking Fluffy Quinoa Every-Time
- Salmon, Quinoa and Chickpea Salad
- Family Quinoa Salad
- Kale Salad With Quinoa, Beans & Celery Stalks and Leaves
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Quinoa and Sundried Tomatoes
- 1 cup cooked quinoa recipe link below
- ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup sundried tomatoes packed
- 1 cup rotisserie chicken cubed or shredded
- 1 ½ cups rocket or mixed salad greens
- fresh mozzarella balls and a light grated parmesan cheese optional
- 4 tbsps. oil from the sundried tomatoes or olive oil
- 2 tbsps fresh lemon juice ½ lemon
- salt to taste
- fresh black pepper
- 1 x recipe fluffy quinoa.
- Add the oil from the sundried tomatoes into a side dish or bowl. Use olive oil if your sundried tomatoes don't have enough oil. Add lemon juice and pepper and taste for salt.
- Rinse and drip drain the salad greens. Chop the cherry tomatoes, chicken pieces and sundried tomatoes.
- Add the salad greens with the cooked quinoa followed by the tomatoes and chicken. Combine, add the dressing, taste and adjust. Add fresh mozzarella balls and a light grated parmesan if using.