Chopped Quinoa Salad with Broccoli

This is a sponsored post for Chopped Quinoa Salad with Broccoli written by me on behalf of Vigo Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

Finely chopped vegetables are added to this healthy quinoa salad tossed in a light vinaigrette. Perfect for potlucks and picnics.

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Chopped Quinoa Salad with Broccoli - healthy, vegetarian, gluten free

The heat is on, at least here in “Hotlanta”. Instead of spring weather, we have gone straight to muggy, humid summer weather. However there is a bright side to this weather. First off I do not want to turn the oven on. Second I do not want to eat a hot, heavy meal. What does that mean? Salads baby!

Healthy quinoa salad with chopped vegetables - low calorie, vegetarianThe idea of a delicious quinoa salad has been calling my name. In this case I used Vigo Quinoa. Since quinoa is naturally gluten free and has more protein than most other grains, it is a favorite of mine. Vigo Quinoa in particular is a staple in my pantry as it is pre-washed. In other words, it is not bitter. Yeah!

Chopped Salad with quinoa and broccoli - great for potlucks

Did you know quinoa is actually a seed and people have been eating it for over 5000 years? That is a time tasted food. Quinoa is also versatile. Toss it in salads, soups or even replace your bowl of oatmeal with a bowl of quinoa for breakfast. It has a mild nutty flavor which will make your taste buds sing.

Whole grain - quinoa salad with chopped broccoli and grapesThis quinoa salad would not be complete without the vinaigrette.  Vigo Olive Oil is imported from Italy and from the first cold press. Notably Vigo extra virgin olive oil has a fruity and pungent taste with a slightly peppery finish. Furthermore, Vigo Extra Virgin Olive Oil has no saturated fat, cholesterol or additives. Thus making a light Italian flavored vinaigrette for this quinoa salad.

Quinoa Chopped Salad

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Quinoa Broccoli Chopped Salad

Serving size 1/2 cup

Servings 24 servings
Calories 56 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups Vigo quinoa
  • 4 cups roughly chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups chopped carrot
  • 2 cup seedless grapes
  • ½ cup chopped shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp . Vigo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian spice mix
  • 1 tsp . kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring water to boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in quinoa. Cover and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until quinoa is done.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Place broccoli in a food processor and pulse until broccoli is very finely diced. Pour into a large bowl.
  6. Repeat with carrot, then grapes and finally shallots adding all to the bowl of broccoli.
  7. Add quinoa to bowl.
  8. In a small bowl whisk together garlic and vinegar.
  9. Whisk in olive oil and remaining ingredients.
  10. Pour over quinoa mixture.
  11. Refrigerate for an hour.

Recipe Notes

I calculated  2 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Broccoli Chopped Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Comments

  1. Gloria Richards says
    We love Vigo Yellow Rice. One of our favorite side dishes and so very tasty. <3 It's great as an add to for one dish meals.
  2. Robin Chesser says
    I love the Paella mix from Vigo!
  3. i'd love to make a squash quinoa salad
  4. I like to add quinoa to my Sweet POtato Soup instead of pasta.
  5. I've never used them before.
  6. My favorite Vigo product is the roasted red peppers. I use the red peppers in my hummus recipe.
  7. We use Vigo roasted red peppers on steak and egg hoagies and to dress up frozen pizza.
  8. Tamra Phelps says
    I'm a huge fan of pasta, so the Vigo penne or the farfalle both look great. I'm trying to follow a Mediterranean diet, so I've been preparing a lot of pasta with veggies like sweet peas, carrots, celery & peppers.
  9. This salad is jam-packed with so much flavor! Looks healthy and hearty!
  10. Kristy L Shupe says
    We love Vigo artichoke hearts! I have used them in pastas, rice and quinoa mixes, but my favorite is spinach artichoke pizza. My mama would not have a dinner party without a relish tray including the Vigo Giardinera garden mix and olives. I would turn my nose up at anything pickled or marinated back then, but now it's a staple on my table as well!
  11. If it's gluten free, we buy it! Love their products :) Especially quinoa. Goes with almost everything.
  12. I haven't used many of the Vigo products but have used the capers in chicken piccata.
  13. Stacey Roberson says
    We love the roasted red peppers. I make a pasta With Roasted Red Peppers and Goat Cheese. It's delicious!
  14. Sounds so tasty and nutritious! Thanks for sharing!

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