Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables
A healthy and flavorful Quiona Salad with Roasted Vegetables |That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Healthy Spring

Now that spring has sprung and shorts are being donned, many of my blogger friends have been posting low cal, healthy recipes. I seemed to have ignored that memo. But I did have a bag of quiona in my pantry…and I felt it my duty as a seasoned food blogger to share a delicious salad chock full of nutrients. Have I scared you off? I hope not because this quinoa salad with roasted vegetables was splendid.

 Quinoa Salad with Roasted VegetablesThere’s a bit of chopping and roasting involved…eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, garlic and red bell pepper are all diced and cooked at high heat to concentrate their flavors. Mixed into cooked quiona with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and a simple balsamic vinaigrette produced a heavenly mixture of flavors and textures. It can easily be made vegan or vegetarian by cooking the quinoa in salted water or vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. I ate this quinoa salad for lunch 5 days in a row…and I was seriously disappointed when it was all gone. If you haven’t tried quinoa yet, this is a sensational recipe to test it out!

Note: Though quinoa is a rare plant source that’s a complete protein (meaning it contains all the essential amino acids), it is not a high protein food like meat and eggs.

Terrific Healthy Recipes

HealthySpringCollageAlong with some of my favorite blogger friends, we are ushering in a healthy spring by sharing tasty AND nutritious dishes:

1.Kelli of Kelli’s Kitchen – Cornish Hens with Mango Avocado Chutney.

2. Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

3. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic – Farro with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios

4. Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen – Spring Risotto with Leeks, Spinach and Peas

5. Shanna of Pineapple and Coconut – Fresh Pineapple, Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad

6. Marnely of Cooking with Books – Hearty Spring Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables
 
Ingredients
Inspired by Once Upon a Tart
  • 1½ cup dried quinoa (cook according to package instructions using chicken broth instead of water)
  • Chicken broth
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small eggplant cut into small cubes (about ½ inch cubes)
  • Salt, to sprinkle over eggplant
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 zucchini, cut into small cubes
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into small cubes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into small cubes
  • 1 red onion, diced fine
  • ⅓ cup good quality balsamic vinegar (I used The Olive Tap Aceto Balsamico di Modena)
  • 10 marinated sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
  • ½ cup fresh basil chiffonade (leaves rolled tightly and sliced into thin strips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450º. Cook quinoa as directed above. Add one tablespoon of the olive oil and toss. Let cool.
  2. Put the eggplant in a colander and sprinkled with salt. Let rest about 20 minutes.
  3. Toss the zucchini and yellow squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, ⅓ of the minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan and roast for about 8-10 minutes or till just tender.Add to bowl of quinoa.
  4. Toss the pepper and onion with 1 tablespoon of oil, ⅓ of the garlic, and salt and pepper like with the squash. Roast for about 10-15 minutes, then add to the quinoa.
  5. Repeat with the eggplant but without adding more salt. Roast for about 15-20 minutes, then add to quinoa.
  6. Add the balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Gently toss and check for seasonings.
Yield: 8 servings
Total time: 1 1 /2 hours

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Comments

  1. I love it when it’s also your duty to be healthy, Liz. I love roasted veggies and even Quinoa but admittedly, my pack of it stays in the cupboard and I tend to forget about it. Funny, since I even used quinoa in a macaron and it tastes nutty, even although it’s nut free. What a tasty looking dish.

  2. Oh yes..this is certainly something I make often!

  3. Frekeh salad.

  4. I enjoy salads, and often make what I call my “veggie-drawer” salad. I just see what I have from the farmstand and put it together.

  5. Mmm, love how full of veggies this is! What a perfect balanced meal 🙂

  6. Laura Crowther says:

    A summer salad with strawberries and other fruit always tops my list for a healthy recipe! Also, fruit smoothies.

  7. I think I’d be really disappointed when this salad was gone too Liz, it looks wonderful and I love all the delicious veggies you’ve included.

  8. This looks so good! Even though I’m addicted to sugar, I love love healthy foods. I figure that at least I’m doing something good for myself, right? Lol 🙂

    My favorite healthy thing to cook is black rice bowls with grilled chicken with avocado and cashews!

  9. This is my kind of salad, love the roasted veggies!

  10. Love to have this salad anytime! looks so wonderful and healthy Liz!

  11. Kelly D says:

    I like to make a vegetarian chili.

  12. roasted vegetables are so amazing, love them in this quinoa salad.

  13. We love quinoa and this recipe sounds just about perfect.

  14. Auntiepatch says:

    Spinach Salad with strawberries, pears, & pecans.

  15. Rusty H says:

    Stuffed bell peppers with quinoa and roasted veggies

  16. Sparkle says:

    I really love salads, made with greens, made with grains. I make my own vinegar for a favourite oil and vinegar dressing.

  17. Fave healthy recipe would have to be a fennel and arugula salad. LOVE this quinoa salad. . it’s so pretty and colorful. . love it!

  18. Shari W. says:

    I love making a nice fresh salad from my garden & add a new grain or bean to it!

  19. theresa krier says:

    i love whole wheat pasta with asparagus & and eggs, yum, thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Linda romer says:

    I love to make fresh fish tacos with a cabbage slaw topped with tomatoes and avocado.

  21. Roasted vegetables, salads, kale chips!

  22. Steel cut oats in the crock pot.

  23. I love your salad that I did for SRC which had quinoa as well. It is definitely time to revisit salads and healthy dishes!!!!!

  24. This is like my go-to meal when I need something quick and easy. It’s my favorite!

  25. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    My healthiest meal would probably be a hearty veggie soup. Your salad sounds great and quinoa is on my new foods list:@)

  26. Fabulous, healthy salad….love the quinoa. Wish it was cheaper over here.

  27. Ashley B says:

    We love to make chicken and spinach pasta bake. We grow our own spinach.

  28. These roasted vegetables look so delicious, and are healthier too now 😀
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  29. Just gorgeous! Perfect for springtime.

  30. I’m a salad person – I love making giant healthy salads with all kinds of good stuff in them

  31. What a deliciousness on a plate! And, so healthy, too!

  32. Quinoa salad of any sort makes me happy and this one especially so. Yum.

  33. This salad looks fantastic! I love the colors and the roasted veggies! I love making ratatouille!

  34. What a fantastic salad! I could eat this all day long…and feel good about it!
    🙂 ela

  35. Gloria R. says:

    I am such a fan of salad in all shapes and forms. I will try the quinoa with roasted veggies as it sounds wonderful. I use just about everything in my salad from fruit to nuts literally. They play a big part in salad making with pumpkin and sunflower seeds used a lot too. When I make a salad such as tuna, egg, chicken or turkey I have started substituting 3/4 Greek yogurt to 1/4 low fat mayo ratio. My husband and I have come to prefer the lighter flavor and I perk it up with vinegar and hot sauce. I’m please summer is coming as this is our meal at least 4 or 5 nights a week.

  36. Can’t get enough of quinoa! This salad looks right up my alley, Liz.
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    Angie

  37. It’s true that as soon as the weather warms up, we’re all a lot more interested in eating salads! I love quinoa and I do use it a lot with salads. Never with eggplant though so this is something I’d be interested in trying xx

  38. I seemed to have missed that memo too! Oh well! Even bikini season needs dessert! This salad looks delicious! I love all the roasted veggies! Perfect for meatless Monday!

  39. Erin Ellis says:

    Lately I have been loving to smash an avocado, mix with feta and tomatoes, and spread on a whole grain tortilla. Yum! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  40. Quinoa is one of my favorites, wish I could get my husband to try it, but I will make it for myself…..

  41. This looks amazing! I’ve been using a lot of quinoa lately, mainly because it’s the closest thing to eating carbs, but without all of the starches!

  42. Oh yum, quinoa salad is lovely and make a wonderful lunch. I love all the roasted veggies in here I can imagine how wonderful they all taste.

  43. Quinoa salads are the best.

  44. Mahdi Martin says:

    I like to make grilled or baked chicken with millet and veggies.

  45. A light vegetable stir-fry!

  46. Liz I totally have to try this. It looks really incredible. I love roasted vegetables. I think it’s because they get sweet, ha. Love the photos lady.

  47. I like to make spaghetti squash

  48. Healthy and delicious are always a winning combo!

  49. My favorite healthy dish is anything that comes fresh out of the garden! So far this year all I’ve gotten are some peas, but the tomatoes are on their way!

  50. Love the colors and flavors in this beautiful salad, Liz! My favorite healthy dish might well be this salad right here! Pinning to try later.

  51. I love salads loaded with a bunch of yummy toppings!

  52. Cindy A. says:

    My favorite is a simple salad made from garden fresh vegetables.

  53. jacquie says:

    a nice big salad with some grilled veggies, mushrooms, beans and some cheese.

  54. home made salsa

  55. nothing better than a sharp knife!

  56. Congrats on also being featured in Deanna’s Olive and Grapevine Salad Newsletter this week!
    GREAT salad! Cheers! Joanne

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