Rainbow Veggie-Packed Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Rainbow veggie-packed quinoa salad with lemon-tahini dressing on a white plate
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Looking for a healthy salad that’s packed with veggies and flavor? Check out this Rainbow Veggie Quinoa Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing! It’s a mix of quinoa, fresh vegetables and a zesty dressing that brings it all together.

This salad is great because it’s versatile and full of nutrients. With a variety of veggies like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers, you’re getting a dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients work together to support your health, boost your system and give you glowing skin.

Quinoa is the star.  It’s a protein source with all the essential amino acids your body needs, and it’s gluten free, so it’s suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. Pairing quinoa with fiber veggies makes for a meal that’ll keep you full and energized for hours. The Lemon Tahini Dressing really enhances the flavors of this salad, giving it a kick and a smooth creamy finish that covers every mouthful. Tahini, a blend of crushed seeds, is packed with fats, calcium and iron making it a wholesome choice for any dish.

Whether you’re after a lunch option, a side dish for your gathering or a meal prep essential for the week ahead, this vibrant Quinoa Salad filled with Rainbow Vegetables and topped with Lemon Tahini Dressing is bound to become a go-to in your cooking repertoire. Let’s dig in and explore how simple and delightful healthy eating can be!

Rainbow Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Tangy Lemon Tahini Dressing

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 6


For the salad:

 1 cup of uncooked quinoa. Drained

 2 cups of water

 Diced red bell pepper

 Diced bell pepper

 Cherry tomatoes halved

 Carrots, julienned or grated

 Cucumber diced

 Thinly sliced red onion

 Freshly chopped parsley (1/2 cup)

 Fresh mint leaves, chopped (1/4 cup)

For the Lemon Tahini Dressing:

 Tahini (1/4 cup)

 Freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/4 cup)

 Water (2 tablespoons)

 Olive oil (1 tablespoon)

 Minced garlic clove (1)

 Sea salt (1/2 teaspoon)

 Black pepper (1/4 teaspoon)


1. Rinse the quinoa. Cook it in a saucepan, with water until tender. Let it cool to room temperature.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the vegetables. 

3. In a bowl, mix together the chopped bell peppers, halved cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, diced cucumber, sliced onion, chopped parsley and mint leaves.

4. Next, prepare the Lemon Tahini Dressing by whisking tahini, lemon juice, water, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper until smooth and creamy.

5. After the quinoa has cooled down, add it to the mixture in the bowl. Gently mix everything together.

6. Pour the Lemon Tahini Dressing over the salad. Toss well to ensure all ingredients are coated. Taste it and adjust seasonings as needed by adding salt, pepper or lemon juice according to your preference.

Enjoy Your Creation

You can enjoy the Rainbow Veggie Packed Quinoa Salad straightaway or you can refrigerate it for 30 minutes to let the flavors blend. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

This Rainbow Veggie Packed Quinoa Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing showcases how delightful plant-based eating can be.

When you mix elements like quinoa, veggies and a tangy creamy dressing, you’ve crafted a salad that not only only looks amazing but is also full of important nutrients and delicious flavors.

The charm of this recipe is its simplicity and adaptability. You can easily personalize the salad to match your taste preferences or the seasonal availability of ingredients making it a great meal choice all year round. Moreover, with its blend of protein, fiber and healthy fats, this salad will leave you feeling content and energized whether you savor it as a light lunch or as a side dish for dinner.

So next time you crave a colorful and tasty meal option, keep in mind this Rainbow Veggie Packed Quinoa Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing. It shows that nourishing your body with plant- based ingredients can be truly delightful and fulfilling!

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