I love easy cold salads during the summer.
They are light, refreshing and a great way to get in more veggies during the day.
Here is one that I have been making a lot this summer because it is SO good!
You will need 1 cup dry (3 cups cooked) quinoa, 2 cucumbers, 3 tomatoes (I use Roma, but you can use whatever tomato you like), 1 lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Cook the quinoa, place in a bowl to cool and fluff with fork. I like to cook mine in my Instant Pot.
Cut up the cucumbers by cutting in quarters length wise, then chopping into bite-size pieces.
Chop up tomatoes into bit-size pieces. I also scoop the seeds and “slimy stuff” out of the tomatoes as well. I like to do this so the salad doesn’t get too watery as it sits in the fridge.
Put all 3 ingredients into a bowl or Tupperware container. Cut lemon in half and squeeze out the lemon juice onto the quinoa, cucumbers and tomatoes making sure you take out and seeds that might fall in while doing this. Then drizzle some olive oil (maybe 1 tbsp), add salt and pepper.
Mix and you are done!
Put in the fridge for at least 2 hours to let all the ingredients marinate together and get really cold.
I love having this in the fridge for lunch, even dinner. I have also added avocado in the past, but the avocado turns brown after awhile and the salad doesn’t look as appetizing 😉 If you want to add the avocado, I would suggest adding it when you serve, just putting enough in what you have on your plate.
Hope you try this one and let me know what you think!