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Red Quinoa Salad, Le Pain Quotidian Copycat Recipe

This red quinoa salad, inspired by a Le Pain Quotidian copycat salad, is packed with fresh vegetables, grains, a bright lemon vinaigrette. Great to meal prep, make ahead, or batch cook.

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This red quinoa salad is a bright and refreshing lunch or dinner idea! It’s loaded with whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and topped with a sweet lemon vinaigrette.  This is one of my favorite clean eating recipes that I make on repeat all year long.

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 recreated my favorite restaurant quinoa salad at home. 

This Red Quinoa Salad Recipe Is:

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

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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!

 

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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Red Quinoa Salad (Le Pain Quotidian Copycat)

The Herbeevore
This easy red quinoa salad is packed with fresh vegetables and a bright lemon vinaigrette. Great to meal prep, make ahead, or batch cook.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 5
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Red Quinoa Salad

  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 cup No-Salt-Added 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

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!

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 15gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gSodium: 606mgPotassium: 915mgFiber: 11gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 872IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 5mg
Keyword artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, la pain quatodien copycat recipe, Lemon Juice, red quinoa salad, Spinach, sundried tomatoes
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