If you’re looking for a light and tasty lunch, packed with delicious vegetables, you can’t go wrong with this Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe. Be sure to try the homemade roasted red pepper dressing, too.

Recently, while we were out shopping, my husband and I stopped for a quick meal at Zoe’s Kitchen. I normally order the same thing every time I go there, but this time I decided to try the new-to-me Live Med salad.

If you're looking for a light and tasty lunch, packed with delicious vegetables, you can't go wrong with this Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe inspired by the Live Med Salad at Zoe's Kitchen. Be sure to try the homemade roasted red pepper dressing, too.

It was healthy lunch nirvana! (And they’re NOT paying me to say that. I just really like this salad.)

I became obsessed with that salad, and yes, I did go back and order it several more times. A girl needs to great herself to lunch out every now and again, after all!

If you're looking for a light and tasty lunch, packed with delicious vegetables, you can't go wrong with this Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe inspired by the Live Med Salad at Zoe's Kitchen. Be sure to try the homemade roasted red pepper dressing, too.

But I also came up with a make-at-home version of the Live Med salad, featuring a tastebud-popping roasted red pepper dressing.

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The original Live Med salad is made with farro and lupini beans, but those ingredients can be difficult to find in some grocery stores. So I substituted protein- and fiber-rich quinoa and steamed edamame. And I used feta cheese instead of parmesan.

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe isn’t an exact copycat of the restaurant versions, but it’s every bit as tasty and filling,

If you're looking for a light and tasty lunch, packed with delicious vegetables, you can't go wrong with this Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe inspired by the Live Med Salad at Zoe's Kitchen. Be sure to try the homemade roasted red pepper dressing, too.

And did I mention it’s meatless? It features ribbons of zucchini and squash (a great excuse to pull out the spiralizer!), a medley of heirloom tomatoes, red onion, spinach, quinoa, feta cheese and edamame beans.

If you're looking for a light and tasty lunch, packed with delicious vegetables, you can't go wrong with this Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe inspired by the Live Med Salad at Zoe's Kitchen. Be sure to try the homemade roasted red pepper dressing, too.

If you are tempted to skip the homemade roasted red pepper dressing, don’t.

It really makes the salad, and it won’t take you 5 minutes to make.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe
 
If you're looking for a light and tasty lunch, packed with delicious vegetables, you can't go wrong with this meatless Mediterranean quinoa salad with homemade roasted red pepper dressing.
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Recipe type: Salad, Entree
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Ingredients
  • quinoa, prepared
  • steamed edamame beans
  • baby spinach
  • heirloom grape tomatoes, sliced
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini squash
  • red onion, finelly sliced
  • feta cheese

    Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
  • 2 roasted red peppers
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. If using frozen edamame, steam according to package instructions.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler or a spiral slicer to make thin zucchini and squash ribbons or noodles.
  4. Layer zucchini and squash over a bed of baby spinach.
  5. Top with ½ cup prepared quinoa.
  6. Add sliced tomatoes and diced red pepper, then sprinkle with feta cheese and edamame beans.

    Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
  7. To make the dressing, combine red peppers, garlic, spices and vinegar in a blender.
  8. Puree until smooth.
  9. Slowly add olive oil, blending until emulsified.

If you're looking for a light and tasty lunch, packed with delicious vegetables, you can't go wrong with this Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe inspired by the Live Med Salad at Zoe's Kitchen. Be sure to try the homemade roasted red pepper dressing, too.

You’ll notice that I didn’t include many specific measurements for the vegetables used in this quinoa salad recipe. That’s so you can customize it to your personal taste preferences. I like a lot of tomatoes, and just a little bit of red onion. But feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients.

When I made this at home for my husband and me, a bag of spinach, one zucchini, one squash and a pint of tomatoes were enough for four meal-sized salads.

Be sure to prepare enough quinoa to allow for about 1/2 cup on each salad.

The roasted red pepper dressing makes eight servings of 2 Tablespoons each.



Comments

  1. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and has been pinned to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and don’t forget to pick up your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  2. Looks so good! We are always up for a new salad recipe to add to our meal plans. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.
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