Veggie quinoa salad with Dijon vinaigrette

    1 hour 30 min

    A quinoa salad recipe with loads of colourful veggies and an easy vinaigrette. Cook the quinoa with the water as you would rice (works in a rice cooker too).

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    Serves: 24 

    • 680g quinoa
    • 950ml water
    • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 250ml rapeseed oil
    • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 red onion, chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 (350g) tin black olives, drained and chopped

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Bring the quinoa and water to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape the cooked quinoa into a large bowl and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
    2. Place the vinegar, salt, pepper, lemon juice and mustard into a blender. Drizzle in the oil while blending at high speed until the dressing is thick.
    3. Add the cucumbers, pepper, red onion, tomato and olives to the bowl with the quinoa. Drizzle with the dressing and gently fold until evenly mixed.

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    This will be a regular side dish at our house! I was short on time, so I used a bottle of italian salad dressing and it was delicious I'm sure the red wine Vinaigrette would be great too! Will try that next time when I'm not so pressed for time. Thanks for the great recipe!  -  31 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe! I cut the Quinoa down by a lot but used the same amount of veggies, cut the oil in half in the dressing, it was really good. I was a little nervous b/c i tasted the dressing and didn't really like it--but i put it in anyway and it was a fantastic complement! Thanks!  -  09 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent salad! I'm always looking for gluten free recipes and this is one of the best. I loved the dressing so I added extra. Taking it to a potluck at work today!  -  11 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)