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Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette

Fresh dishes like this Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette are what summer’s all about!

Quinoa, lettuce, and vegetables on a white serving plate with wooden serving spoons

Salads are a year-round regular dish for me, but when summer hits, their appearance is amplified to an every day occasion. This time of year, our weekly grocery list always reflects a ton of flavors and colors to make salads a tasty celebration of the season’s freshness. And this Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette is all that and so much more. Isn’t summer absolutely beautiful?!

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This post is sponsored by Dole®, a brand I first connected with blog-wise two years ago out in beautiful Carmel, California. (I’ve been consuming Dole products foreeeeeeever!) I’m extremely honored to be an official Dole ambassador for 2015, and will be sharing lots of fresh wholesome goodness with you throughout the year.

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a glass bowl of Quinoa and mixed Vegetables

This quinoa and veggies salad is chock-full of my favorite summer vegetables. Sweet corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers are mixed with red quinoa and a tangy vinaigrette, and then settled prettily on a layer of Dole’s Spring Mix and Baby Spinach Blend. Fresh dishes like this are what summer’s all about!

Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette in a glass jar

I have a few bottled vinaigrettes that I rely on in a pinch. But my salad love is always best expressed through a bright, homemade one. I’ve been on some kind of crazy vinaigrette kick lately, making double recipes so that I’m never without one chilling in the refrigerator. Homemade salad dressings really don’t take much time at all to create, and taste so wonderful…definitely worth the effort for super tasty salads. This honey-shallot vinaigrette is bright with lemon. It’s tangy and utterly awesome, the perfect mixture of flavors folded into this summer salad.

Quinoa and Veggies Salad

My husband can be hit or miss with salads. But this one, hearty with quinoa and incredibly flavorful, was a definite hit for his palate.

Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette

I like to make this summer quinoa and veggies salad for a weekend meal and then store the leftovers in the refrigerator for quick and easy make-ahead lunches during the week. I think this is destined to be our “Salad of Summer 2015”. Grab some fresh veggies and join us!

Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette

Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette

Yield: 6 servings
Fresh dishes like this Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette are what summer’s all about!
5 Stars (1 Review)


for the honey-shallot vinaigrette:

  • ½ c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ c. rice vinegar
  • 2 T. honey
  • ½ c. minced shallots
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • c. olive oil

for the salad:

  • 1 c. uncooked red quinoa
  • 2 c. chopped English cucumber
  • 2 c. halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper chopped
  • raw kernels cut from 2 large ears of sweet corn
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • ¼ c. fresh chopped parsley
  • ¼ c. fresh chopped mint
  • 1 bag Dole® Spring Mix and Baby Spinach Blend or your own favorite Dole greens


for the honey-shallot vinaigrette:

  • In a small bowl or medium sized canning jar, combine lemon juice, rice vinegar, honey, shallots, salt, and pepper. Let sit while preparing the rest of the salad.
  • When ready to incorporate into the salad, add the olive oil to the vinaigrette mixture. Cover and shake to combine.

for the salad:

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Allow quinoa to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, fold together cooked and cooled quinoa, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet corn, green onions. Drizzle about ¾ cup of the honey-shallot vinaigrette over the salad mixture and fold to combine. Then fold in the parsley and mint.
  • On a medium to large platter or plate, place a layer of the Spring Mix and Baby Spinach Blend. Spoon salad mixture over the greens, leaving a border of greens around the edge of the platter. Sprinkle with additional black pepper and freshly cut parsley and mint if desired.


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Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 373kcal Carbohydrates: 35g Protein: 4g Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 4g Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g Sodium: 127mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 16g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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a large, white plate of Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad
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21 comments on “Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette”

  1. Lauren Christensen

    How many servings does this yield? Do you have the nutrition information for this recipe? Thank you!

  2. What am I doing wrong? When I cook quinoa, seems like I have these hard ‘rock’ like bites. Is that simply quinoa that somehow did not cook? I rinse my quinoa thoroughly but still get these pieces that sound like I’m breaking a tooth. Any ideas/suggestions?

    1. Hello Leigh – I have never had this experience. Do you give the quinoa a nice stir, to make sure all of it is getting cooked in the liquid?

  3. I’ve been on the lookout for quinoa salad recipes and this one is definitely getting added to my “to make” list — It looks incredible! So perfect for summer!

  4. Hmmm……I want to try this – love everything in it – but as a diabetic I can’t have corn. Is it a disaster without it? Probably……….. Any substitute? – I do adore corn in all its fashions, though! :(


  5. Wow, gorgeous summer salad. I love all these flavors and the small diced veggies. This looks like a perfect make ahead salad for a week of healthy eating. Sunday prep time!

  6. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I’ve been on a serious quinoa kick lately taking a quinoa salad with my lunch to work every day – I have GOT to try this ASAP!

  7. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    Loving all of the pops of color in this summer salad! And YES to homemade vinaigrettes! They’re a must!

  8. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer

    We enjoyed a similar salad last night. I love summer food, and we enjoy many Dole products. Plus our garden food, of course. Looks beautiful, Brenda!

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    We eat so much more salad in summer when it’s so hot. I need to add this one to my repertoire!

  10. I seriously love how fresh and vibrant and wholesome this salad is, Brenda! Congratulation on working with Dole this year!

  11. Erin@WellPlated

    Holy gorgeous salad! This is a rainbow of beautiful summer goodness Brenda (and I heart Dole too! Such great quality products). Happy June!

  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    This looks so bright and fresh. A perfect dish for summer meals! Dole salads are always a big part of our summer menus!

  13. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    This looks fantabulous! Love me a BIG salad. Congrats on being an ambassador with Dole. I love their stuff!