Red Quinoa & Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This easy red quinoa salad is packed with fresh vegetables and a bright lemon vinaigrette. Great to meal prep, make ahead, or batch cook.

I love red quinoa in salads, its definitely one of my favorite grains, so when I do cook it I like to cook it in bulk and have it every day of the week.  The first time I ever had red quinoa was in a salad at the restaurant Le Pain Quotidian, and I loved it so much I went back for it  a bunch of times.  Since there aren’t any Le Pain’s where I live now in New England… I’ve attempted to recreate it myself.  Luckily, all the ingredients are pretty easy to find!

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This Red Quinoa Salad Is:

  • Bright
  • Filling
  • Healthy
  • Packed with Flavor
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Nutritious

Since I’ve learned how to make Perfect Quinoa in the Rice Cooker, Cooking up a big batch of grains is so easy and very meal-prep friendly.  I like to chill the quinoa before serving in the salad, but its  also great warm.

This salad got a huge thumbs up from Brett!  I had enough ingredients to make a few mason jar salads for our lunches during the week, and they make fresh and filling lunch for the office!

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How to Make this Red Quinoa Salad:

  1. Make sure quinoa is cool before adding to salad – see my recipe for Perfect Quinoa in the Rice Cooker!
  2. In a large salad bowl layer the arugula, chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and fresh tomatoes.  Add the red quinoa to the top and dress with a squeeze of lemon.
  3. In a pint sized mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients together.  Secure the lid and shake to combine.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and serve!
  5. If making a mason jar salad layer (in this order): Dressing on the bottom, then chickpeas, fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, arugula, and top with red quinoa.  Secure lid and shake upside down for a minute before serving!

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quinoa spinach artichoke hearts tomato sun dried lemon vinaigrette

Red Quinoa & Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This easy red quinoa salad is packed with fresh vegetables and a bright lemon vinaigrette. Great to meal prep, make ahead, or batch cook.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

For the Red Quinoa Salad

  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 cup cooked chickpeas if canned, rinse first
  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped Artichoke Hearts
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Make sure quinoa is cool before adding to salad - see my recipe for Perfect Quinoa in the Rice Cooker!
  • In a large salad bowl layer the arugula, chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and fresh tomatoes. Add the red quinoa to the top and dress with a squeeze of lemon.
  • In a pint sized mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients together. Secure the lid and shake to combine.
  • Pour dressing over salad and serve!
  • If making a mason jar salad layer (in this order): Dressing on the bottom, then chickpeas, fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, arugula, and top with red quinoa. Secure lid and shake upside down for a minute before serving!
Keyword artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, la pain quatodien copycat recipe, Lemon Juice, red quinoa salad, Spinach, sundried tomatoes
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