It’s that time of the year where the temperature outside drops tremendously at night. It’s colder than I would like it to but sometimes I still crave for a fresh and refreshing salad. I remembered the time when I was living in California, when family had to go to work and I am alone at home sitting in front of the TV in the summer time, Those were great times, I always stock up the refreshing quinoa salad from Costco. Yes! You heard me right, they weren’t homemade. When I came back to Michigan and I was told that Costco was coming to Michigan and I was like, “Woot woot!”. That’s it, my beloved quinoa salad is on the way.
When Costco showed up here, I did go to the store and stocked up the salad and had it for lunch for a week. When my boyfriend realized that I did that, he told me “Babe, I can make this!!”. I just looked at him like are you kidding me? You can make the salad as good as this? Don’t care, still stuffing my face at that point. He came home the next day with all the ingredient needed for the recipe.
He went into the kitchen and he spent an hour making that salad. Boom! He made it, it tasted delicious, if not, it’s better. He spent a little longer than in the kitchen because we don’t usually have cooked quinoa in the fridge and that was his first time making that salad. I would suggest any of you guys that wanted to try this recipe, that should definitely have some cooked quinoa on hands, that way you do not need to wait for the quinoa to cook and then chill it for the salad. Trust me, keeping cooked quinoa in the fridge makes your life a lot easier. Anyhow, long story short, let’s jump into the recipe.
- 1 cup of cooked quinoa (follow the instructions on the quinoa bag on how long you need to cook the quinoa)
- 1 large cucumber (diced)
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
- a bunch of parsley (roughly chopped)
- 4 stalks of celery (diced)
- Kale (*optional, roughly chopped)
- Hard boiled egg (*optional)
- Lemon juice from half a lemon
- 1/3 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cook your quinoa following the instructions on the bags, let it cool to room temperature and set it in the fridge for later use.
- Boil your hard boiled egg in another smaller pot. (I prefer my hard boiled eggs fresh and warm, if you like you could make them in a big batch and keep them in the fridge just like the quinoa.)
- In a large bowl combined all your vegetables that have been diced or chopped.
- Combined the balsamic vinegar,lemon juice and the extra virgin olive oil to make the vinaigrette dressing in a separate container.
- Salt and pepper to taste
*Notice that we separate our dressing and the salad, we like to make this salad in a big batch so that we can have it for a couple days. We do not like to drench my salad with dressing and make the entire salad all soggy. We add in our own dressing when we are ready to eat.
I hope you guys like the recipe as much as we do, I understand this is a refreshing salad that is fantastic for summer, we don’t usually have salad in the winter, but I love my greens. What can I say?
Enjoy the recipe, until next time!