Make-Ahead Quinoa Salad With Cucumber, Tomato, and Herbs Recipe

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An easy make-ahead salad with the flavors of tabbouleh, hearty enough to serve as a light meal. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Loosely based on Middle Eastern tabbouleh salad, this easy make-ahead salad combines grape tomatoes (sweet and ripe any time of year) with cucumber, parsley, mint, and quinoa for a bright and refreshing make-ahead salad that's hearty enough to serve as a light meal.

Recipe Facts

4.8

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Active: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, split into quarters

  • 1 large cucumber, seeds removed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 small shallots, minced

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine quinoa and 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 7 minutes. Shut off heat and let rest until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer quinoa to a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water until thoroughly chilled. Let drain for 10 minutes.

  2. While quinoa cooks, combine tomatoes and cucumbers in a colander set in the sink. Season with salt and toss to coat. Let drain in sink until ready to combine with quinoa.

  3. In a large bowl, toss drained quinoa, drained tomatoes and cucumbers, shallots, parsley, mint, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, or for best flavor, let rest overnight in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Salad can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
172 Calories
12g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 172
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 222mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 351mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)