Summer Quinoa Salad

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Anyone else actually tired of the heat? I am a little bit. Maybe it’s just new mom nerves but going outside with LP when it’s this hot is stressful. Sometimes I feel really confident about all things baby and then mother nature turns the thermostat to 90+ and we bunker down inside. I suppose this gets easier overtime. I forget that he’s not even three months old yet and we don’t have to have everything perfectly figured out.

Thinking of figuring things out, I have had more time to focus on this blog and my pursuit of entrepreneurship. I’m excited because in the past I always felt like I was behind because of some arbitrary deadline (set by my own head mind you). This means I’ve got lots of fun and hopefully helpful content for you all!

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So, let’s get to the content shall we? I’ll try to keep recipe posts like this short. Today’s recipe is a Summer Quinoa Salad! It’s colorful, filling, zesty and works great on its own or as a side salad with grilled chicken or brats.

TBH I was going to make this salad with couscous. I prefer it with that but on recipe photo shoot day I only had quinoa. I still loved it but just know you could totally swap in couscous or an alternative grain as well.

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Summer Quinoa Salad

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Course: Salad
Keyword: quinoa, salad, summer
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 mini cucumbers, halved & sliced or deseed one large cucumber
  • 1 can low sodium/NSA chick peas drained and rinsed
  • 1 can low sodium/NSA corn drained and rinsed - or use to ears fresh!
  • 2 nectarines, chopped
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 lemons just for the juice
  • 1 tsp basil a handful of fresh basil chopped is great too
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to directions. Some people like to cook it in broth but I find that makes it too salty, personally.
  • Add all of your ingredients together in one big bowl
  • Stir to combine and enjoy!

Notes

Did you make this recipe? Send me a photo or better yet, leave a review or give me a rating! You can always tag me on Instagram @Holden_Nutrition!

If I can make this salad during LP’s 30 minute nap then that is a HUGE win. I’ll be focusing on quick meals even more so now that I’ll be going back to work on the 13th when my baby’s approaching his 3 month! Insert that happy crying emoji face 😉

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If you make this salad, don’t forget to snap a photo and send it to me! You can tag me on Instagram @Holden_Nutrition. Lastly, get ready for a little site revamp of color, brand, and a new logo that my sister made for me! Eek!

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