Well Dined

21May/140

Quinoa Salad with Watermelon, Strawberry, and Feta

Well Dined | Quinoa Salad with Watermelon, Strawberry, and Feta

 

This salad is so pretty!  And yummy!  And easy!  And healthy!  And did I mention how pretty it is?  Light and fresh, and perfect for Spring or Summer.  This would be great to bring to a potluck or picnic.

Well Dined | Quinoa Salad with Watermelon, Strawberry, and Feta

 

All you do is cook and cool quinoa (I really like the tri-color for this), which can be done in advance.  Then top with cut watermelon, strawberries, and feta.  Drizzle with a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper.  Then finish with basil and sliced almonds.  That's it!  I used some purple basil from my garden, isn't it pretty?  It tastes just like regular Genovese basil.

Well Dined | Quinoa Salad with Watermelon, Strawberry, and Feta

 

You can serve it in a platter, or individual containers - up to you!  I think it would travel pretty well, especially if you pack the dressing separately.  It's also really satisfying - you have crunch from the watermelon, almonds, and even the quinoa (which is also very filling), and a salty-sweet combo that is just awesome.

Quinoa Salad with Watermelon, Strawberry, and Feta
adapted from Edible Perspective and How Sweet Eats
Serves 2-4

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed (tri-color is so pretty!)
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh watermelon
1 1/2 cups halved or quartered strawberries
1 cup crumbled feta cheese (you could also use goat cheese, if you prefer)
basil, cut into ribbons (mint would also be good)
sliced almonds
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp each salt + pepper

Combine quinoa and 2 cups of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes (until the little tails pop out).  Let quinoa cool completely and toss with 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper.

Spread the quinoa on a platter and scatter the watermelon, strawberries, and feta on top.

Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper.  Drizzle over the salad.

Top with the basil and almonds.

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