Simple Lemon Quinoa Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This healthy lemon quinoa salad is packed with fresh vegetables and herbs in a simple lemon vinaigrette! Easy to make, and ready in 10 minutes. This lemony quinoa salad is perfect for a summer pot puck, BBQ side dish, or an easy vegan meal prep recipe.

In these last few weeks of summer, we are enjoying all the fresh garden produce we can! This bright and flavorful lemon quinoa salad is the perfect dish to bid farewell to the summer months. Made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley, this good-for-you quinoa lemon salad is bursting with flavor.

This Lemon Quinoa Salad Recipe Is:

  • Fresh
  • Bright
  • Citrusy
  • Earthy
  • Packed with fresh produce
  • Versatile
  • Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
  • A great recipe for vegan meal prep

This lemon quinoa salad couldn’t be easier to make! Just add cooked quinoa, veggies of your choice, some fresh herbs, and whip up a 5 minute lemon dressing. And lunch or dinner is served! This is a great salad to bring to a end-of-season potluck, it’s a total crowd pleaser. One of my favorite vegan or vegetarian side dishes, and something everyone at the table will love.

What’s In This Lemon Quinoa Salad?

  • Cooked Quinoa: I used white quinoa, but you can use red or multicolored. You can cook quinoa on the stove top, in the Instant Pot (my preferred method), in the rice cooker, or buy pouches of ready-cooked quinoa at the store.
  • Cucumber: for freshness and brightness, I used a cucumber picked right from the garden.
  • Tomatoes: I used cherry tomatoes, but you can add in any variety of your choice.
  • Parsley: my favorite herb, I added about 1 cup of fresh parsley for a big bright flavor in this salad, and for a nice pop of green color.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh squeezed is best!
  • Olive Oil: extra virgin, or any kind you would use on a salad.
  • Mustard: for a kick of flavor
  • Garlic: pressed or finely chopped in the dressing.. this is KEY! It makes the salad pop.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste: I used garic salt, but you can use regular

How Do I Make This Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette?

  1. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley. Toss well to combine.
  2. In a mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients: olive oil, fresh lemon juice, mustard, garlic salt, and garlic. Seal with an air right lid and shake well to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad, and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed, adding more salt and pepper if desired.

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Simple Lemon Quinoa Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This healthy lemon quinoa salad is packed with fresh vegetbales and herbs in a simple lemon vinaigrette! Easy to make, and ready in 10 minutes. 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Salad

  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh parsley

For the Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 lemons juiced (about 1/3 cup lemon juice)
  • 1 tablespoon whole mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely minced

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley.  Toss well to combine.
  • In a mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients: olive oil, fresh lemon juice, mustard, garlic salt, and garlic.  Seal with an air right lid and shake well to combine.
  • Pour dressing over the salad, and toss well.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed, adding more salt and pepper if desired.
Keyword Lemon Quinoa Salad, Lemony Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Summer Quinoa Salad Recipes, Vegan Lemon Quinoa Salad, Vegan Pot Luck Salads
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