Easy Summer Quinoa Salad

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It’s about halfway through the summer, and despite the multitude of recipes on Pinterest, sometimes it’s difficult to find a yummy summer meal. Luckily, I discovered this quinoa recipe a while back and really enjoyed it. It’s fresh, light, lemony, gluten-free, and healthy! It’s the perfect summer dish.




This recipe is extremely simple. It only has a few ingredients and is light and refreshing, which is the best type of food during summer! This salad is inspired from this recipe, but I subbed some of the ingredients for what I had on hand. It made the recipe even easier!

Starting with red quinoa, I rinsed and cooked it until it was light and fluffy. I used red quinoa because that’s what I had in the panty, but regular quinoa would work just fine as  well. Once the quinoa is cooked and fluffy, get rid of any extra water (if there is any). On to the next step!

While the quinoa was partially done cooking, I heated up some frozen succotash (frozen lima beans and corn) on the stovetop in a bit of water. This is one of the changes that made this recipe so simple. All it took was a little bit of time!

Finally, I did follow the original recipe for the lemony dressing, but doubled it because I had a whole lot of quinoa. Depending on how much quinoa you make, you may not need to double it. I tossed all of the ingredients together, whipped up a couple of sides, and voila! A yummy and light summer meal!

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Easy Summer Quinoa Salad


12 oz bag Red quinoa
1 bag Frozen succotash (16oz)
2 Tbsp grated fresh lemon zest
4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup melted butter
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper


Rinse the quinoa under cold water before placing it in #cups of water on the stove. Cook per instructions, around 15-20 minutes. When the quinoa has soaked up most of the water, place frozen succotash in a pot of water and heat over stove per instructions on the bag. Whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, melted butter, honey, salt and pepper and set aside. Once everything is ready (and the quinoa has no more water in it), toss quinoa and succotash together, drizzling the dressing over top and then tossing some more.

Recommended sides:

Hummus (try my recipe here; it’s my absolute favorite!)
Fresh veggies
Crackers and cheese

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What summer meals have you had recently?




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