Cold Quinoa & Veggie Salad

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Happy Monday, friends! Remember that cutest baby contest that I entered my daughter in? Don’t you remember? I was harassing you about it? Ahh, yes. THAT contest. Well, good news! She won! And it’s all thanks to you! Thank you all for voting :)

Now, like I promised, here is a healthy recipe! After my 12 days of holiday treats, new years, and my addiction to carbs…it’s about time I put something green in my mouth. And by green I mean nutritious. And this certainly is. Made with quinoa, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, low fat salami, swiss cheese, and low fat balsamic dressing. Seriously so easy. If you don’t like some of the ingredients in here, just swap them out. Who knew you could do that, right?  If you’re going to put in the effort to make something healthy, you might as well like it.

And, I’m making no promises to continue posting healthy recipes. I don’t want to jinx my health food cravings.

To make this salad, start off pouring water into a small pot.

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Pour some quinoa into the water along with some salt and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer until all the water is slurped up by the grains. It’s just like making rice.  quinoa 2

While the quinoa is cooking, slice up your veggies & things. I used these super sweet grape tomatoes, quinoa 3

swiss cheese,
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low fat salami, quinoa 5

and cukes. quinoa 6

Once the quinoa is cooked, remove it from the pot and cool a few minutes. quinoa 7

Pour in some dressing while it’s still warm and stir. I used a low fat balsamic dressing right out of the bottle, right from the store. Use one you like! Italian or greek dressing would be super yummy!  quinoa 8

Add in all those chopped veggies and stir. You can eat this luke warm, but the idea of consuming warm cucumbers gives me the heebie geebies! Refrigerate this until cold. quinoa 9

Once this is all cold, serve it up and enjoy! quinoa final 2

That wasn’t too hard, was it? Makes a great light lunch or side for dinner. Enjoy! :)

Cold Quinoa & Veggie Salad

Yield: 4 servings


2 cups cold water
1 cup quinoa
1 whole cucumber peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
1 cup cubed swiss cheese
1 cup sliced low fat salami
3 tablespoons low fat balsamic dressing


In a small pot, stir water, quinoa and salt together. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer until water has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. After it's cooked, pour into large bowl to cool slightly. After 5 minutes, pour in chopped veggies, meat and cheese. Toss with dressing and refrigerate until completely chilled. Serve.

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26 Responses to “Cold Quinoa & Veggie Salad”

  1. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — January 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    this looks so fresh and delicious! I love adding new things to quinoa :)


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    Jessica — January 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    So beautiful! Love all the fresh colors!


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    Kathryn — January 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    If I was super organised, I’d make this for my lunch tomorrow because it looks delicious!


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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — January 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I’m obsessed with cold quinoa salads, I love your addition of meat and cheese to it!


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    Kay @ The Church Cook — January 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Oh, Lauren, I adore quinoa! This looks fabulous! And congrats on being featured as Meet the Member on TK! So well deserved! :)


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    cassie — January 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I’m such a fan of quinoa and I have no trouble eating it cold, I should definitely add veggies next time!


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    Selene — January 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Looks easy. Want to try it. Not sure if quinoa is available around these parts though. Any substitute I can use for that?


    • Lauren — January 16th, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

      Barley, brown rice, couscous or farro.


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    Priyanka — January 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Looks so beautiful and refreshing. Lovely pics :)


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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Looks so light and healthy! Quinoa is so pretty!


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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    It almost seems wrong to pair salami with quinoa but, I like it. A lot! 😉


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    Bev Weidner — January 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    This salad is like a WET DREAM for me.


  12. #
    Katrina — January 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Mmm good health in a bowl!


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    Jolene ( — January 17, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Quinoa is my new favourite thing – I love how versatile it is. It is not very good plain, so I like when I find recipes that jazz it up! You make quinoa fun!


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    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — January 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. I love your version of it being incorporated in a cold salad :)


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    Ann — January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Any ideas on using something instead of the cucumbers? Looks yummy but I don’t eat cucumbers :-) Thanks!


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    looks great! We both had quinoa on the brain this week


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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — January 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love quinoa, and have a post coming tomorrow about it!


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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — January 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Looks healthy and delicious! Guess I need to break out the quinoa. I wonder how long it’s good for?


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    honeywhatscooking — January 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    yum, this looks so good and healthy.


  20. #
    jenna — January 18, 2012 at 1:54 am

    i needed a good recipe to use up the rest of my quinoa! I found it :) have a great week lauren!


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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I love Quinoa and this looks yummy. Going to be trying this recipe soon! Congrats on your daughter winning the contest! :)


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    Steve @ theblackpeppercorn — January 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Lauren, quinoa is great on salad isn’t it?!? We love it in our house. this salad looks great


  23. #
    Sheila — January 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I am so hungry for a yummy healthy lunch…not too many good choices in the house. This looks marvelous!


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    Elisa — January 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

    This looks great! In place of (or in addition to) the cucumber you could use scallions, or maybe red onion. Feta cheese would be good too. Oh, so many great ideas!


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    Greg Clough — September 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I really enjoyed this. My brothers wife asked me to try it and I did. Wow, awesome. Anyhow, I just tried it again (on my own) and I added artichokes. Its really, really good. Thanks very much.

    Can I add other stuff to make it more interesting?



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