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As the summer sun starts to show itself in all it’s glory food becomes the forefront of our days outside. Whether it is small family gatherings or big parties, the summer gets us all social. And what better way to accompany our social lives but with a little social food.

Barbecues are such a summer tradition that they are almost the law, let’s face it. However, whilst I like a good burger as much as the next person, for me it is the accompanying dishes the can make or break a summer barbecue. These are where I put in most of my efforts because once the meat sweats kick in even my carnivorous husband comes looking for a little green.

This Ultimate Zesty Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences. 

Zesty Summer Salad

This Ultimate Zesty Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences.

Quinoa (pronounce Keen-Wah incase you were unsure) is really good for you as it is high in protein and fibre and also is one of the few foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. You can read more of the health benefits of Quinoa here.

I have served it here a little differently as I have added some feta to it. Obviously this stops it being vegan but if that isn’t an issue then I would add some it as it offers up another level of tangy flavour and a little texture too. Also paired with some humous and a flatbread it makes the perfect light lunch if there is any left over.

This Ultimate Zesty Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences. 

Drinks

I always like to pair my food with a good drink. In this instance any gin and light fizz, such as a Mediterranean tonic would work well. As does a good Rosé wine. One of my favourite rosés is a Sancerre and whilst it is a little pricier than your average rosé the cost can be seen in the taste. It is mine and Hubby’s summer wine of choice and it is my go to when I don’t fancy gin. Which is not often, of course, but it has been known to happen.

This Ultimate Zesty Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences. 

 

This Ultimate Zesty Quinoa Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences. 

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The Ultimate Zesty Quinoa Summer Salad
This Ultimate Zesty Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences. 
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
people
Ingredients
This Ultimate Zesty Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences. 
Instructions
  1. Prepare all the fresh ingredients and place in a salad bowl.
  2. Drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Mix well and serve as a side or with a flatbread and humous.
Recipe Notes

Add feta cheese to the salad if it doesn't have to be vegan. This adds a further delicious tang and a bit more texture.

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14 Comments

  1. May 29, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Hi Kirsty
    Your Zesty Summer Quinoa Salad looks amazing!!! Trixilie literally licks the display 🙂 I think we have to prepare it even it is raining now 😉 nom nom nom 😉
    Hugs and Kisses
    Trixilie & Bea

  2. May 29, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Oh that looks and sounds delicious. I agree that it can often be the sides that are served that make a barbecue a successful one. We’ve had our first one already and I’d be keen to try this for our next. Not sure hubby will eat it as he’s not a huge fan of quinoa.

  3. May 29, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious – I love quinoa but get so bored of eating it the same way all the time! Will definitely need to try this recipe out 🙂

  4. May 29, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Gin is always a good summer drink although I’m not a huge fan of rose wine x

  5. May 29, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Looks fab and I have nearly all the ingredients in already so think I’ll try it tomorrow. My son has a friend coming over who is vegetarian so it’ll look like I was actually organised for once! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  6. May 30, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Love the instructions! 3 points, great looking recipe and really quick. I am going to pin this one for future

  7. May 30, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Yum that looks lovely. I totally agree that the side dishes and salads make the BBQ. .. I love cous cous so maybe I should try quinoa as an alternative as well as a tomato and mozarella salad and a nice potato salad 🙂

  8. May 30, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    This looks yummy! I make a very similar salad.But I’ve never thought to pair it with Rosé before, so must do that next time 🙂

  9. May 31, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    I always make my quinoa salads savory, I haven’t tried to go zesty before, but this sounds amazing! And a little gin and spritz sounds delightful! Thank you for sharing…and making me starved at the beginning of the work day!
    #ThursdayTeam

  10. June 1, 2018 / 6:54 am

    Looks good and simple to make. I think I might try it one os these days. #ThursdayTeam

  11. June 3, 2018 / 7:14 am

    This loooks so scrummy! I will be trying it out for sure xx #thirsdayteam

  12. June 4, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Never tried quinoa but know I should so thanks for sharing #ThursdayTeam

  13. June 5, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    This sounds super healthy #ThursdayTeam

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