Craving Fresh + Light? Try This Quinoa Salad

During hot days, I always catch myself wanting quick dinners that don’t require much cooking. Super hot days + turning the oven on? No, thank you!

One of my go-to meals when I don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen is some sort of variety of a quinoa bowl.

I just throw in some veggies, a protein source, some healthy fats and call it a day! It’s easy to mix and match a bunch of different flavors to keep it exciting (there’s nothing worse than eating the same meal over and over). Instead of making a big batch of the entire meal to have throughout the week, I simply make extra quinoa while making my bowls. This makes it easy to try new veggie, protein, and fat combos throughout the week, keeping lunch and dinner (or even breakfast) far from boring!

This newest flavor combo is one of my newest favorites. It’s bursting with flavor and nutrition and is perfect for a any day.

Fresh + Light Summer Quinoa Salad
Serves 4
A perfect, refreshing meal for a hot summer day!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 cups liquid (vegetable broth or water)
  3. 1/2 of a white onion
  4. 1 yellow pepper
  5. 2 cups sliced baby tomatoes
  6. 4 cups packed kale
  7. 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
  8. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  9. 1 tsp salt
  1. Rinse your quinoa and place it in a pot.
  2. Add in the 2 cups of liquid and cook on low until all of the liquid is soaked up.
  3. Once finished, place quinoa into a bowl and stir together with the olive oil and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, place the sliced pepper, onion, kale, tomatoes and artichoke hearts and toss together.
  5. Add the quinoa to this bowl, stir and enjoy!
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Natalie Kelley
Written by Natalie Kelley
Natalie Kelley is a college-aged health nut that that runs the health and wellness blog, Blonde Gone Clean. She is extremely passionate about health and fitness and loves running, lifting weights, yoga, developing recipes, exploring different city’s foodie spots and researching anything and everything about nutrition and holistic health. She believes healthy living is striking a balance between fueling your body with wholesome food, honoring your body through daily movement and prioritizing your mental health through meditation and positivity. Follow Natalie on Instagram @BlondeGoneClean.