Pesto Quinoa Salad with Bell Pepper and Cucumbers

Easy quinoa salad recipe with pesto. This quick quinoa recipe can be made ahead of time for a fast dinner.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
  • Kosher or sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

How to make this recipe

  1. Combine the quinoa, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.

  2. Gently simmer, covered, for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.

  3. Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed. Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to completely cool.

  4. In a large bowl toss together the cooled quinoa, pesto, bell peppers, and cucumber. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Contributed By Photo © Todd Porter & Diane Cu Published July 2014

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