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Simple Cucumber & Tomato Quinoa Salad

I know what you’re thinking….yay, yet another recipe for quinoa. And I admit, I do agree that there are a TON of quinoa salad recipes out there right now. Mine isn’t extra different, but it is supa easy and supa quick. So if you’re in need of something to take to a party/get-together, hopefully this can help you out!

photo(81)I made this for my Kappa Delta Alum meeting that I went to last night, and it was a big hit! The amount I made was A LOT, so feel free to cut the recipe in half, etc. The quinoa grows a lot after it gets done boiling, so expect to have leftovers!

Simple Cucumber & Tomato Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1,  4 oz. package crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup  zesty light Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp Dill weed
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the 3 cups of quinoa, bring back to a boil, cover, and reduce heat until the mixture is at a nice low boil. Let the quinoa simmer for 15 minutes. Then take it off the heat, stir, and quickly recover to let it sit for around 5-10 minutes. This is where the quinoa will finish soaking up the water and will continue to grow!

While you let the quinoa cool, chop up your tomatoes, cucumber, and onion into small chunks. Once the quinoa is mostly cool, stir in your chopped veggies. Next stir in the Italian dressing, dill weed, and salt & pepper. Your salad may need more or less dressing, so add the liquid slowly until you know how much dressing is right for your mixture. You want it to be fairly ‘dry’; your quinoa should not be dripping with dressing!

Last, mix in the feta cheese by gently folding it in. You want to be able to still see the chunks, so don’t over-mix! I found this awesome stuff at my grocery store that definitely added an extra kick of flavor.

13308535Tomato basil feta = yum! Plain feta will do the job as well, no worries.

You can serve the salad immediately, but I found it’s the best to cover it and refrigerate an hour or so (or even overnight!) to really let the quinoa start to soak up the yummy flavors. I personally let mine sit overnight and had to add a little more dressing before serving it yesterday. I think the quinoa starts to soak up the dressing, so if you need extra dressing, just keep it handy!

photo(84)Super fresh, easy, and healthy! It was a hit with our BBQ meal last night. And I’ll be enjoying it for a few more days. 🙂

photo(83)Happy cooking!

Tangy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Happy Saturday to ya! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Mine has been good so far. But someone did not want to get out of bed this morning…

Grumpy Mac
Grumpy Mac

I had a grumpy boy on my hands this AM. But I checked the weather, and it was perfect conditions outside for a chilly walk before heading off to teach Jazzercise. So I pulled out my fleece jacket and Mac’s sweater for the first time this season!

IMG_1835It was a brisk walk with temps in the 50’s this morning, so we were both happy to be bundled up a bit.

IMG_1836When we got home, I warmed up with a cup of hot coffee with pumpkin spice creamer before having some Greek yogurt and half a bagel. This was great fuel for my 8 AM Jazzercise class! I had a fairly full room of sleepy-eyed students. But the pumpkin spice was pumping through my veins to keep my energy high!

After I was home, I walked Mac a bit more because the weather was just too amazing here in Springfield this morning! By the time we returned home again, and I had a long shower, it was time to think about some lunch. I was given 3 large cucumbers from my wonderful Jazzercise student, so I thought I should whip up a quick salad to use them up!

Tangy Cucumber Salad

Typical cucumber salads incorporate fresh onions and tomatoes. But I was fresh out of both of these veggies today. So I opted to add some baby carrots to my salad for extra color!

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber, or 2 small
  • About 15 baby carrots, chopped
  • 3 TB zesty Italian dressing
  • 2 TB Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 TB minced onions
  • 1/2 TB dill weed
  • Drizzle of honey (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Chop up the cucumber into bite-size chunks. I chose to cute my large cucumber length-wise twice before more finely chopping.

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From this…
To this!
To this!

Woohoo! Okay, now add in your carrots (or veggies of choice) that have already been chopped.

IMG_1839Next add the remaining ingredients, stirring thoroughly and taste-testing to determine if you need more salt, honey, etc. This salad is all about seasoning proportions and your taste preferences. I like mine a little more sweet, so I added a good drizzling of honey. If you like it more tangy, add a touch more Italian dressing.

Cover and refrigerate an hour or so before tossing once more and serving! This salad is fresh and super low-cal. Use up those last summer cucumbers while you can!

For the rest of my lunch, I made a low-carb wrap with some fresh spring mix spinach and turkey with mustard.

IMG_1841I made my wrap a little too full, so I just folded it in half and ate it like a taco. It works!

Now Nick and I are just lounging around while I snack on some carbs before my Glow Run 5K tonight! Nick is not running with me since me and my girlfriend decided it would just for ‘us girls’, but he may come cheer us on! The race begins at 8 PM. It should be dark and chilly by then – perfect running weather! I hope to snap some great photos of all the glowing runners to share with you all tomorrow.

Get outside and enjoy this weather! See you all after my race!