Summer Quinoa-Tomato Salad

The fresh flavors of summer come together in this hearty and delicious vegetarian salad made with quinoa, tomatoes and red onion.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 8


cups cooked quinoa
large tomatoes, quartered, cut into cubes
medium red onion, chopped
cloves garlic, finely chopped
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
cup extra-virgin olive oil
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Dash sugar
Grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 Cool cooked quinoa. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, toss tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, parsley, oil and vinegar. Season with salt, pepper and sugar.
  • 2 Spread cooled cooked quinoa in large serving bowl or on small platter; spoon tomato salad over top. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 3 Before serving, sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

Salad will keep for a day or two so it can be made hours before you need to serve it.

Replacing the water with chicken broth when cooking the quinoa gives it lots of flavor.

Feel free to get creative and add some feta cheese, olives, oregano, or other cheeses and spices.