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Easy Healthy Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


If you’re after healthy quinoa salad recipes, look no further! This EASY, simple, summer quinoa salad (aka cold quinoa salad) features the BEST summer produce and is perfect for warm nights.


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 zucchini
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups corn kernels (about 2 ears of corn)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1/21 lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • salt & pepper


  1. Prepare quinoa as directed. (I like using broth, but water is fine.) Set aside in large mixing bowl.
  2. Prep veggies: slice zucchini in half moon shapes, mince garlic, slice tomatoes in half, cut corn off kernel if using fresh corn. If using frozen, remove from freezer.
  3. Heat olive oil in large sauté pan. When hot, add zucchini, garlic, tomatoes, and corn to pan.
  4. Cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Season with salt and pepper and add to the bowl with quinoa.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together pesto, lemon juice, and water. Drizzle over quinoa and vegetables, tossing to distribute.
  6. Crumble goat cheese and sprinkle with pine nuts before serving.
  7. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.

Keywords: quinoa salad