Oct 14
2013

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Whip up this vibrant quinoa salad in minutes. Pistachios and sun-dried tomatoes add crunch and color, and the salad is gluten-free and vegan.
Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | cookincanuck.com #quinoa #vegetarian

This is a day to celebrate! Liz of The Lemon Bowl is having a baby boy, and a whole group of bloggers are honoring her and her little one with a virtual baby shower, hosted by Kristen of Dine & Dish, Rachel of Rachel Cooks and Sheila of Eat2Gather. To make the shower truly about Liz, we all made recipes with lemon, true to the name of Liz’s blog.

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If you are already a fan of Liz’s blog, you’ll know that she went through an amazing weight loss transformation and focuses on healthy, creative recipes that use seasonal ingredients. Right up my alley!

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | cookincanuck.com #quinoa #vegetarian

Liz and I have yet to meet in person, but through our online interactions (as bloggers tend to enjoy), I feel as though I know her. She is warm, funny and clearly primed to become the mother to two little boys (her little guy, Asher, is going to be a great big brother).

Congratulations, Liz! Enjoy your virtual shower. I just wish we could do it in person.

This easy salad features one of my favorite grains, quinoa. It is tossed with a handful of shelled pistachios, sun-dried tomatoes and an easy lemon vinaigrette. Healthy and full of flavor, it’s perfect for a baby shower or an easy side dish for your next meal.

Be sure to scroll down to see the list of the amazing dishes that other friends are bringing to the shower.

The recipe:

In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. (This is the quinoa that I use.)

Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until all of the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | cookincanuck.com #quinoa #vegetarian

Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Let it cool to room temperature.

To the quinoa, add the sun-dried tomatoes, pistachios and parsley. Stir to combine.

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | cookincanuck.com #quinoa #vegetarian

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | cookincanuck.com #quinoa #vegetarian

Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine. Serve or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Scroll to the bottom for the complete recipe.

Here is what others are bringing to the shower:

Appetizers

Beverages

Salads

Main Dish

Desserts

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Makes 3½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ oz. sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), sliced (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup shelled & chopped pistachios
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp agave nectar or honey
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until all of the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Let it cool to room temperature.
  3. To the quinoa, add the sun-dried tomatoes, pistachios and parsley. Stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine. Serve or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.
Notes
Calories 174.6 / Total Fat 7.3g / Saturated Fat 0.7g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 86.1mg / Total Carbohydrates 22.3g / Fiber 2.7g / Sugars 4.1g / Protein 5.2g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 174 cal Fat: Total Fat 7.3g / Saturated Fat 0.7g

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

I need to make this for lunch today, it looks amazing and I love the crunch from the pistachios!

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2 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots October 14, 2013 at 5:14 am

The colors of this salad are stunning! It was a pleasure bringing goodies to Liz’s shower with you Dara!

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3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 14, 2013 at 5:55 am

Such a fabulous salad Dara! I love everything in here :)

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4 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective October 14, 2013 at 6:28 am

This is a fantastic-looking salad, Dara! I could eat quinoa every day, in pretty much everything!

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5 Tieghan October 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

This is gorgeous! I am loving everything about this and I know Liz will too! YUM!

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6 Rachel Cooks October 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

This looks awesome, Dara! Love the combination of the pistachios and sun-dried tomatoes with that wonderfully light dressing. I bet the flavors really shine through. Thanks for participating in Liz’s shower!

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7 Amy @ The Nifty Foodie October 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

This looks so good! I love the combination of flavors in this. :-)

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8 Ashley@BakerbyNature October 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

Quinoa salads are one of my all-time-favroite meals! This lemon version looks amazing, Dara!

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9 Amanda October 14, 2013 at 8:38 am

I have never such such gorgeous Quinoa. Wow. You are amazing.

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10 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness October 14, 2013 at 8:53 am

The flavour combos of this sound so yummy! Plus, these pictures are GORGEOUS! I like eating pretty food, and this salad is definitely that.

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11 kelley October 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

Love these flavors, Dara. I have some cherry tomatoes I dehydrated earlier this month that I think would be sublime here! This is the kind of salad I love making and then snacking on through the week!!

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12 Megan {Country Cleaver} October 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

This is beautiful Dara!! I have a bag of quinoa that put to use immediately!

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13 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

This salad is stunning and I have never seen a more beautiful photo of pistachios in my life!! Love the flavor and texture combos in this dish, Dara. You know me too well!! I can’t wait to meet you in person one day!! xoxox Thank you!!

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14 amanda October 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

A great side dish with healthy benefits! Love it!

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15 Sandy Coughlin October 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Great minds think alike. I’m all about the quinoa!

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16 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite October 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Oh man this quinoa salad looks good! This is perfect for Liz’s shower!

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17 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough October 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

This has all of my favorite flavors in it! Love.

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18 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain October 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

This salad makes my heart skip a beat! Beautiful, Dara!!

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19 Sheila October 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Honestly I love everything about this salad! Thanks for being a part of this lovely surprise for Liz!

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20 Laurie {Simply Scratch} October 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

So simple and perfect! I love quinoa and all those goodies you added into it!

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21 Kirsten October 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Dara,
This salad looks delicious, and I think it hits all the notes I want in a salad–crunchy, salty, tangy and tart.
Thanks!

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22 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

This salad would make a perfect lunch, love the sun-dried tomatoes!

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23 Deborah October 15, 2013 at 12:23 am

This salad looks wonderful, Dara. I’m loving all of the different flavors you have!

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24 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

Wow, I never thought I’d see pistachios as pretty. Now I do! :)

And this is the most well balanced shower ever. Liz must love it. :)

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25 Alyssa October 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Gorgeous! I love everything about this salad Dara. It looks absolutely amazing and your mouthwatering photos are making me want a bite right now!

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26 Jessica @ Floptimism October 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

I love the idea of combining pistachios and lemon with sundried tomatoes! The pictures make the salad look so fresh. I wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my blog’s Weekend Wrap Up because I loved it so much. Thank you for another delicious idea, and enjoy your weekend!

Here’s the link to the wrap-up if you’re interested — feel free to stop by and grab a badge, if you like!
http://www.floptimism.com/2013/10/weekend-wrap-up-pumpkin.html#more-1844

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27 Nutmeg Nanny October 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm

This salad looks fantastic!! Pistachios are the perfect touch :)

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28 Thomas September 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I seriously hate internet recipe commenters. 26 comments and not one can get past the pretty pictures of the page. Okay people, here is what you came to read. Feedback on whether you should try this or if all those pictures were smoke and mirrors to convince you to eat healthy food. This recipe will lead you through a tragic flaw. You really should triple it cause there might not be enough for others. Let me just start by saying, I don’t like people messing with the recipe before trying the original. I feel it is too early to start improvising and could impact the outcome. Well, I did make one change which I think the author would agree wasn’t a bad thing. I added some lemon zest to the dressing. Does it need it? Probably not. Would I do add it again? Oh yeah, it adds a really good punch of lemon. Although I have only made it once, I think this receipes is one of those your can probably eyeball once you have the quinoa cooking. You might also wonder, now that I have made it would I change it? Oh heck yeah! This is truely perfect as it but you could easily add some feta cheese or a dash of heat from spices. The texture is light and fluffy. The flavor is bold with lemon and mild across the other ingredients. You can really taste each, nothing gets lost. This could easily be paried with a sandwich, grilled chicken or steak. If you are vegetarian, I’m not sure you would find this filling. Even if you eat 2 rice bowls full like I just did. Way to go Dara, mighty tasty.

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