I feel like this salad is kind of a summery salad, or better yet, a salad that highlights all the best of what summer has to bring. All the fresh tender dill that is still growing (but not for long) , all the brightly colored and amazing veggies that are being harvested and are nearing the end (bye fresh cucumbers.) This salad might just be my little last hurrah of summer cooking before it is all root veggies and dried herbs and hot and hearty food. And not going to lie and say that I am sad to see summer go because I am so so ready for it to be over, but I will miss all the fresh fresh produce. And I will especially miss all the fresh dill because fresh dill is seriously the best.
Eat up what is left of summer now before it’s too late!
The stuff. Quinoa, a bunch of dill, a cucumber, a pepper, an onion, and some cherry tomatoes. Also a clove of garlic, some salt and pepper, and red wine vinegar.
Mince the garlic, chop the onion, mince the pepper and the cucumber, half the tomatoes, and last but noblest, rough chop the dill.
All that goodness goes into. big bow, along with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and the vinegar Tossed around and left to meld.
Uncooked quinoa with water turns to cooked quinoa
Quinoa meets the bowl of veggies
And after a good mix, viola!
You got yourself a yummers fresh dill and veggie quinoa salad.
Fresh Dill and Veggie Quinoa Salad
serves 3-5 as a side or 2 as a meal
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
I bunch fresh dill (like a 1/3 cup chopped… But use as much as you want)
1/2 a small red onion
1 clove garlic
1 small Persian cucumer
1/2 of a sweet red or yellow pepper
handful or two of cherry tomatoes
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Start by cooking the quinoa. Place the water and the uncooked quinoa into a medium sized pot. Place on high heat until sorts to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and place lid on the pot. Let cook for about 15 minutes, checking at 10 minutes, to see if all the water has absorbed. When it has, remove from heat and let sit for a few more minutes then fluff with a fork.
While the quinoa id cooking, mince the garlic and chop all the veggies into small little pieces. Place into a big bowl. Chop up the fresh dill and toss into bowl too, along with the vinegar and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mix it all around and let sit on the counter for a little so the veggies get nice and vinegary. Once quinoa is cooked and fluffed, dump into the bowl and mix around. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Eat warm or refrigerate and eat cold. It’s defiantly one of those salads that taste great right away but tastes even better the next day.