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Hearty Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Salad
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Hearty Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Salad

Cucumber, olives, lemon, and tomato bring this Mediterranean-inspired quinoa salad to life. Rich in plant-based protein and fiber, it fuels you through a busy afternoon.
  • 10 min Prep
  • 25 min Cooking
  • 4 serving Total
  • 1,320g Weight
421 cals/
serving
Cucumber, olives, lemon, and tomato bring this Mediterranean-inspired quinoa salad to life. Rich in plant-based protein and fiber, it fuels you through a busy afternoon.

12 ingredients

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1 cup Quinoa uncooked
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2 cup (8 fl oz) Water
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10 olives Olives kalamata pitted
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1 cup cherry tomatoes Tomatoes cherry raw
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1/4 cup, chopped Onions red raw
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2 cup, pared, chopped Cucumber peeled raw
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2 tablespoon Olive or extra virgin olive oil
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1/2 lemon yields Lemon juice raw
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1/4 tsp Salt
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1/4 tsp Pepper black
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1/2 cup Pumpkin seed kernels (shelled) roasted without salt
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1/4 cup Parsley fresh or raw herb

6 steps

  • If not pre-rinsed, place uncooked quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Rinse thoroughly and drain.
  • Place quinoa in a medium pot with water. Bring to a boil, cover, and then reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  • While quinoa is cooking, slice the Kalamata olives and quarter the cherry tomatoes.
  • Remove quinoa from heat. Keep covered for an additional 5 minutes, and then fluff quinoa with fork. Set aside and let the quinoa cool.
  • Once quinoa is cool, place in a large serving bowl. Add the olives, cherry tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Toss to mix.
  • Divide quinoa salad into 4 serving bowls. Top each bowl with pumpkin seeds and chopped parsley. Enjoy immediately or serve cold.

Each serving is about 1 1/2 cups.

Tips:
This quinoa salad packs protein and fiber for a healthy weekday lunch option. Feel free to jazz it up with even more vegetable options like bell peppers or spinach.

If you can find it, vegan feta cheese would be a nice addition to this salad.