Healthy Dish for July 4th: Quinoa Salad with Lemon and Herbs

Will you be entertaining this weekend?  Heading to a BBQ, picnic or out to tail-gate for fireworks?  Take along this fantastic, make-ahead, healthy dish!  It’s super easy, incredibly delish and packed with nutrition.  It tastes great a little warm just after it’s made, but is even better at room temperature after it has had the ch


Super healthy and so pretty, this dish is perfect for outdoor entertaining at your house or to take with you!

ance to meld for a few hours.  Think your family and friends will balk?  Just try it!  And if you’re stuck eating the whole batch over the course of a week, well how bad could that be for you?

Quinoa Salad with Lemon and Herbs

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup frozen edemame, thawed
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple sage (or sub parsley if you don’t have pineapple sage)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cook the quinoa in the water with a pinch of salt until done, about 20 minutes, then leave covered while you prep the rest.  Toss all ingredients together and serve or refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.

Super easy, right?  And did I mention that it’s beautiful too?

What’s your go-to easy dish for entertaining or taking to BBQ?

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