Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Lemon Herb Dressing

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Lemon Herb Dressing

Are you looking for a delicious and nutritious gluten-free recipe? Look no further! This Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Lemon Herb Dressing is not only packed with flavor, but it's also a feast for the eyes. With a vibrant mix of colorful vegetables, protein-rich quinoa, and a zesty lemon herb dressing, this salad is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish for any occasion.

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
15 mins 25 mins 40 mins 4 servings


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained (185g)
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (such as bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes), chopped into bite-sized pieces (300g)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (30ml)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (1g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (2g)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (15g)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (15g)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (60ml)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (30ml)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the rinsed quinoa and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the mixed vegetables with olive oil, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well coated.
  4. Spread the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are tender and slightly caramelized, stirring once halfway through.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the fresh parsley, basil, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the lemon herb dressing.
  6. In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked quinoa and roasted vegetables. Drizzle the lemon herb dressing over the top and gently toss to coat all the ingredients.
  7. Serve the quinoa salad warm or chilled. It can be enjoyed on its own as a light meal or served as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish.

Serving Suggestions

This Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Lemon Herb Dressing is versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways. Here are a few serving suggestions:

  • Serve it as a refreshing side dish for a summer barbecue.
  • Pack it for a healthy and satisfying lunch at work or school.
  • Add grilled shrimp or tofu for an extra protein boost.
  • Enjoy it as a light dinner alongside a bowl of soup or crusty bread.

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this gluten-free quinoa salad is sure to be a hit at your table. It's a perfect balance of flavors and textures, and it's packed with wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. Give it a try and elevate your salad game today!

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