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Quinoa Salad – Kid Friendly

Quinoa Salad - Jr. Chef Recipe
Quinoa Salad – Jr. Chef Recipe

Quinoa Salad kids love to eat and make

Mom and dad will love it too! 

We make this quinoa salad during the vegetarian day at our summer camps.  The Jr. Chefs love to cut up all the veggies.  The smell and beautiful colors of mint fresh vegetables make this Quinoa Salad hard to resist.

Searching for a way to encourage healthy snacks and lunch ideas for your kids? Quinoa kids will eat happens when they are interested in the food.  Let them help cut up vegetables, measure ingredients and toss the salad. Take pictures and show how proud you are of the job they are doing. Make a call to Grandma and tell her about how they are helping to make a great salad for your family.

Most of all, have fun in the kitchen.  

Quinoa Salad – Super Jr. Chef Friendly


3 cups water
1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
1 English Cucumber, peeled and diced
1 small red onion,  cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 cup Italian parsley leaves, chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Rinse quinoa well in a wire mesh strainer. Add the quinoa to the boiling water, stir once, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, over medium heat for 12 minutes. Strain and rinse well with cold water, set aside and allow to dry completely.

When dry, transfer the quinoa to a large bowl. Add the cucumbers, onion, tomato, parsley, mint, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and toss well.
Serve immediately.

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