Quinoa Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Cottage Cheese

Lunch

 This recipe is perfect for a summery side dish, packed lunch, potluck, or even after school snack. A great make-ahead dish as well, this salad will hold, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  

  • Total Preparation Time: 57 minutes

Makes 6 servings (or 6 cups/1.5 L)

Rating: 4 Stars

Ingredients

1 1 Zucchini, medium
1 1 Red Bell Peppers
1 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 tbsp15 mLGAY LEA - Spreadables Regular
2 tbsp30 mLBalsamic Vinegar
3 cups750 mLCooked Quinoa
2 2 Green Onions, chopped
1/4 cup50 mLFresh Basil Leaves, chopped
1/4 cup50 mLFresh Parsley Leaves
1 cup250 mLGAY LEA - Nordica 2%
2 tsp10 mLLemon Zest, finely grated
2 tbsp30 mLFresh Lemon Juice
1 1 Clove Garlic, minced
3/4 tsp4 mLSalt
3/4 tsp4 mLPepper
1/4 cup50 mLToasted Pine Nuts
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Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Slice zucchini lengthwise into strips. Core and quarter peppers. Toss zucchini and peppers with the melted Spreadables and half the balsamic vinegar. Place on the grill. Cook, turning as needed, for 7 to 10 minutes or until well-marked and tender. Cool to room temperature and chop into bite-sized pieces. 
  3. Toss chopped vegetables with cooked quinoa, onion, basil and parsley. Stir cottage cheese with lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and remaining balsamic vinegar. Stir quinoa mixture with cottage cheese dressing until well combined. Sprinkle pine nuts over the salad (if using). 

  Quinoa:

  1. Combine 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa in a pot with 1 1/2 cups (250 mL) water. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer on low heat for 12 minutes or until water is absorbed. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and spread out on a plate to cool.
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Ingredients

1 1 Zucchini, medium
1 1 Red Bell Peppers
1 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 tbsp15 mLGAY LEA - Spreadables Regular
2 tbsp30 mLBalsamic Vinegar
3 cups750 mLCooked Quinoa
2 2 Green Onions, chopped
1/4 cup50 mLFresh Basil Leaves, chopped
1/4 cup50 mLFresh Parsley Leaves
1 cup250 mLGAY LEA - Nordica 2%
2 tsp10 mLLemon Zest, finely grated
2 tbsp30 mLFresh Lemon Juice
1 1 Clove Garlic, minced
3/4 tsp4 mLSalt
3/4 tsp4 mLPepper
1/4 cup50 mLToasted Pine Nuts
Add to Shopping List

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