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!

Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

 

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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Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

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!

Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

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.

Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

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 from afarmgirlsdabbles.comI 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

Ingredients:

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

  • 2/3 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)


Directions:

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 vinaigrett 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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Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

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