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strawberry summer quinoa salad in a bowl with strawberry basil dressing drizzled on top

Strawberry Summer Quinoa Salad

This summer quinoa salad packs a double punch of strawberries in the dressing and the salad. Fresh cucumber and snap peas provide crunch while goat cheese adds a creamy tang. Bring this to your next potluck and your friends will thank you!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • blender



  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (or water)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 whole lemon, zested

Strawberry Basil Dressing

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 whole lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper


  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup halved sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 2 cups fresh arugula



  • Bring 2 cups of vegetable stock and salt to a boil.
  • In the meantime, thoroughly rinse your quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and drain well.
  • Add quinoa to boiling water and lower heat to a simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. The quinoa should be al dente (a slight hardness but not crunchy) and not mushy.
  • Remove from the heat and cover with a lid. Let rest for 5-10 minutes and fluff with a fork. Add in lemon zest.

Strawberry Basil Salad Dressing

  • Add strawberries, basil, dijon, lemon zest, lemon juice and red wine vinegar to a blender. Blend to combine. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • In a bowl, layer the arugula, cooked quinoa, strawberries, snap peas, and cucumber. Drizzle over the strawberry basil dressing and top with crumbled goat cheese.


  • Feta is a fantastic substitute for goat cheese.
  • Raspberries taste great in this recipe if you want to swap out for strawberries.
  • To cool your quinoa quickly, spread it out on a cookie sheet in a thin layer.
  • The strawberry basil dressing will keep for roughly 4 days in the refrigerator
Keyword quinoa, salad, strawberry
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