As summer is drawing to an end and the school year is quickly approaching, I find myself racking my brain for easy, nutritious meals. I will long for the lazy days of summer when the hustle and bustle of school and work take over. There just isn’t as much time to prepare meals when I’m shuffling between pick up and drop off. Not to mention karate practice several times a week. What’s a busy mom to do?
Meal Prepping is one of the ways I keep my family on track. I try always to have produce washed and readily available for a quick snack which helps curb our junk food intake too. Also, meals like this quinoa salad will take precedence and will be stocked for convenient lunches or dinner.
Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy or time consuming. Simple is best when life is hectic. Which is always, right? We are chauffeurs, maids, chefs, nurses, etc. We mom’s wear many hats and keeping dinner simple helps me maintain my sanity!
Having meals similar to this prepped and ready to go in the fridge also helps my budget stay in check. I will be the first to admit that by the late afternoon I’m tired and daydream about going out to eat. And eating out isn’t always best. Being gluten free presents particular challenges when trying to eat out. Depending on what options you have locally, some areas are more challenging than others. I usually rally and cook anyways, but the temptation is always there. Meal prepping is my way to make my own life easier, healthier, and stay within set budgets.
After our Beach trip last week I am so far behind on laundry and work it’s ridiculous. I need to clean up this house and clean up my diet. Vacation can wreak havoc on my healthy eating goals. But, life requires balance, so I don’t beat myself up too bad if I’m extra indulgent for a week or two a year. The 1,000 calorie burger and fries I had at Margaritaville was AMAZING! I can’t eat like that every day though. SO…I came home and whipped up this salad. Now, not only do I have lunch for the next few days but I can keep my eating light and healthy without any extra fuss. I’ll still dream about that cheeseburger though…
If you love this Quinoa Salad please share! And be sure to check out these other quick and healthy meals: Sweet and Simple Spinach Salad, Watermelon Mint Smoothie, and Caprese Pasta Salad.
|Prep Time||20 minutes|
|Cook Time||12 minutes|
|Passive Time||0 minutes|
- 2 cups quinoa prepared as package suggests
- 1 pint gourmet medley heirloom tomatoes quartered or diced
- 1 whole cucumber diced
- 1.4 ounces kalamata olives diced
- 1 whole red bell pepper diced
- .5 ounces flat leaf parsley chopped
- 8 ounces baby kale and spinach blend salad mix
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 whole lemon juiced and zested
- 1 pinch sugar
- Follow the directions on the package to prepare quinoa
- Wash all produce. Dice tomatoes, cucumber, olives parsley, and bell pepper. Set aside
- In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and lemon juice/zest. Whisk until emuslified. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Once quinoa is done cooking, combine veggies and dressing in a large bowl with quinoa. Mix thoroughly.
- This can be refrigerated now until you are ready to eat or you can eat right away.
- Serve over the salad greens and enjoy.
- Refrigerate any leftovers
Kayla GAugust 8, 2018
I love anything with quinoa in it so I am excited to try this! Thanks!
MargaretAugust 8, 2018
I’m not going to lie, I’m not huge fan of quinoa, but this recipe is seriously making me want to give it another try.
LoriAugust 8, 2018
This looks delicious. I love heathy salad options I can make ahead of time!
AleahAugust 9, 2018
Now I’m am normally not a fan of quinoa, but this looks so good, I might give it a second try.
Amanda MartinAugust 9, 2018
This sounds so light and yummy for summer lunches!
Amy | The Cook ReportAugust 9, 2018
This looks so delicious and great for weekday lunches!
Jessica FormicolaAugust 9, 2018
I love quick and easy meals like this! What a delicious way to make quinoa!
Shashi at SavorySpinAugust 9, 2018
I so love quinoa – and this is one awesome recipe to make over a weekend and enjoy the rest of the week!
georgieAugust 9, 2018
this is so good for lunches! I’m forever forgetting to meal prep, so this would be perfect for a quick and easy option!
Taylor KiserAugust 9, 2018
This is such a quick and easy idea for dinner! Definitely a winner for meal prep when you know it’s going to be a busy week!
Boyd KobeSeptember 1, 2018
I love this recipe! My mouth is watering!
MonicaNovember 28, 2018
I love quinoa salads! This looks delicious!
Kathy HesterDecember 12, 2018
Quinoa is one of our favorites to have in a salad. So healthy and delicious.
Jules ShepardFebruary 19, 2019
Crazy about quinoa! This looks so so yum!
jenna | the urben lifeMarch 4, 2019
Quinoa salads are my fave! I love them with massaged kale 🙂 Perfect for a filling lunch
AmandaMarch 4, 2019
This looks really light and tasty– love a good quinoa salad!
JenMarch 4, 2019
I’d be happy with a bright, colorful light lunch like this everyday! I love quinoa!
Joni GomesMarch 4, 2019
I’m all about meal prep these days and this salad is great!
JeanMarch 4, 2019
Yum, this looks so healthy and flavorful! I love all those ingredients.
Renee D KohleyMarch 5, 2019
Such a great lunch! Trying this soon! Thanks!
Cristina - Memories of the PacificMarch 5, 2019
Yum! I love quinoa, especially in salads. I eat it once a week at least.
JustineMarch 5, 2019
I love salads! This one looks really good and light!
STACEY CRAWFORDMarch 6, 2019
I’ve never tried Quinoa in a salad before. Great idea!
ZuzanaMarch 9, 2019
Just perfect for sides with our dinner
Megan StevensMarch 9, 2019
Lots of healthy ingredients + the protein! I buy the already sprouted quinoa. Looks great.
HopeMarch 10, 2019
Love healthy and colourful salads like this that you can make ahead! Looks great!
Anne LawtonMarch 10, 2019
This salad has so many healthy ingredients! I would make this salad and eat it all week.