Refreshing, light options like this quinoa salad recipe are great to have on hand during the warm summer months. Paired with cherry tomatoes and crisp cucumbers, you’ll love all delicious flavors and textures in this salad.
Quinoa is a flowering plant with edible seeds, often used as a healthy, gluten-free alternative to grains like rice. There are different types of quinoa available at the market, including, red, black, and white.
For this quinoa salad recipe, you can use any kind of quinoa that you like. Either kind will work beautifully with the fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers that it’s paired with.
If you’ve never had quinoa before, you should know it has a very tender texture once it’s cooked. Similar to rice, quinoa becomes fluffy with just the slightest bite when it’s properly cooked.
This texture makes tomatoes and cucumbers perfect additions to a quinoa salad recipe like this. The cucumbers add hefty crunch to the quinoa, while the tomatoes compliment the tenderness of the quinoa. The tomatoes and cucumbers also add a sweet and refreshing touch to the salad, making it perfect for a warm summer day.