There are some foods that just seem to be powerhouse foods – packed with nutrition and flavor! Quinoa is definitely one of those foods. As a bonus, it is gluten free so people with a gluten allergy or intolerance can enjoy it as well.
Quinoa is very versatile – We have used in breakfast recipes, main dishes, cookies, and salads! My sister-in-law made this Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe a few nights ago and I knew it was going to be a winner. It is not only beautiful, but it is fresh and full of flavor packed ingredients. It is also a great way to use some of your garden fresh ingredients – bell peppers, cilantro and tender young carrots. The ingredients are diced fine making it a great way to pack a lot of nutrition in to each bite for your little ones!
This recipe can be made any time of year, but we especially like to make it in the summer using ingredients that are fresh from our garden. There is just something about carrots grown in your garden that make them taste fresh and earthy. We also love growing bell peppers in our garden. You can use any color that you want, but we think the red and yellow look super pretty together.
The other great thing about this salad is that you can chop everything ahead of time, and even cook your quinoa beforehand. This way when you are ready to serve it, or if you are taking it to a party, it is super fast to assemble. You can even assemble it before you need it and keep it in your fridge to combine all of the flavors together. I feel like curry is a flavor that gets better with time, so if you combine the ingredients and let them soak up that yummy flavor it will taste more flavorful when you serve it.
Make sure you rinse your quinoa before you cook it to remove the bitter taste it can have. We love quinoa because it is a complete protein and so salads like this can be used as your main dish. If you feel like you need a little more to it, you can always add chicken. We love to serve this salad with a yummy crusty bread on the side and a big bowl of juicy, sweet watermelon. The perfect summer meal!