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Bowl of Lemon Basil Quinoa Salad

Lemon Basil Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Bright, refreshing, zesty, this easy, oil-free Lemon Basil Quinoa Salad is all sunshine and a POW of flavor.


Ingredients

Scale

 Base Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups cooked quinoa *
  • 1 – [ 15.5 oz. can ] navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup seeded tomatoes, small dice *
  • ¼ cup red onions, fine dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, fine dice
  • 2 baby cucumbers, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • ¼ cup (2/3 oz.) fresh basil, chopped

Lemon Dressing Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (+/-)
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (+/-) *
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon white miso *
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ to ¾ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *

Optional Toppings:

  • Lemon zest
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Place the all the Lemon Dressing Ingredients into a small bowl, whisk until smooth and emulsified, set aside.
  2. Prepare all the Base Ingredients and place into a large, then add the cooked quinoa. Toss to evenly distribute the salad ingredients; then drizzle with the Lemon Dressing while tossing.
  3. Taste test and add adjust seasonings accordingly. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  4 to 5 (makes 6 cups)