Lemon Quinoa Salad is a perfect side dish or main course salad. Lovely bright flavors.
I recently discovered Zoe’s Kitchen, a Mediterranean chain restaurant serving fresh meals with tons of vegetarian options. One of the best salads they have is their quinoa salad.
You can enjoy it there served over a bed of greens but they also sell it in pre-packed containers. It’s an easy lunch to pick up when you are running around and have no time.
It’s also simple enough that you can easily make this quinoa salad at home too.
This is not a salad I can pick up and bring home for dinner anyway. You see, Zoe’s quinoa salad, which I love, has celery in it.
I can barely taste it, but it’s definitely in there. S has a very strong aversion to celery.
Even a subtle amount is enough to not eat it. Crazy right? Well, I guess everyone has their thing.
I have an extreme dislike to the texture of mushrooms.
Anyways, this is my attempt at making Zoe’s quinoa salad and I’m quite happy with the results. I wouldn’t call it a copycat recipe.
After all, it’s missing the celery! Let’s just say it’s inspired by their salad. I promise it’s just as good in its own way.
You can totally make this ahead of time and store it in small to-go containers. Or you can even layer it in Mason jars if you are into those.
I would put the dressing on the bottom, then quinoa, veggies, and feta. I have not done this myself, (I have yet to get that organized!) but I hear they last around 5 days so you can have one prep and a great salad all week.
Quinoa is a grain so this salad is filling and can be a healthy light meal. The other nice thing about quinoa is that you can make a batch of it and just store it in the refrigerator.
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