Italian Warm Basil Tomato Quinoa Salad

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Italian Warm Basil Tomato Quinoa Salad
Italian Warm Basil Tomato Quinoa Salad

An Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad is a perfect addition for meatless Monday or to serve as a side dish with a delightful lent favorite. A lemon garlic flounder grilled inside the oven and paired with roasted zucchini slices for a complete meal.

Lemon Garlic Flounder Dinner
Lemon Garlic Flounder Dinner

Watch the video on how to make the flounder paired with the Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad!

If you have been following our recipe site we have been publishing lenten recipes for several years now. And this fish paired with an Italian inspired warm basil tomato quinoa salad you cannot miss. If you do not observe lent but enjoy fish, flounder is a nice option as it is a white fish with a pleasant non fishy aroma and taste.

An Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad ready in just few minutes
An Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad ready in just few minutes

Quinoa is a good option if you are looking to swap white rice or pasta for a wholesome side. Right now, it is easy to find cherry tomatoes in the market too. And since my family loves Italian inspired dishes this Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad is a flavorful addition mimicking the flavor profile of a classic basil tomato pasta but using quinoa instead of traditional pasta.

A wholesome side dish for Lent Italian Warm Basil Tomato Quinoa Salad
A wholesome side dish for Lent Italian Warm Basil Tomato Quinoa Salad

Diabetes is a common illness in my family. Switching white flours or rice for whole grains is a good idea. That way we can still enjoy the favorite meals but with simple swaps we can make them better options that everyone will enjoy. Serving balanced meals it is important. Cooking with diverse ingredients and adding fresh seasonal produce not only helps with the household economy but contributes for a better lifestyle.

Learn how easy this recipe is by watching the step by step recipe video below. 

I enjoy introducing new wholesome dishes to the daily menu to not only satisfy our tastebuds but fill our belly with colorful food. That is why I love having an edible garden at home. Cannot wait to start planting. Nothing like harvesting tomatoes and fresh basil from my own garden.

Are you ready to taste the Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad?

An Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad drizzled with a mustard seed vinaigrette

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Italian Warm Basil Tomato Quinoa Salad

Chef Adriana Martin
An Italian warm basil tomato quinoa salad prepared with fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leafs. Drizzled with a simple mustard seed vinaigrette.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine Vegetarian Cuisine
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon corn oil
  • 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 3-4 basil leafs julienned
  • 1 tablespoon mustard with seeds
  • 1/3 cup corn oil
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sazon latino with cumin and oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook the quinoa on the stove by frying the quinoa for few minutes fist. Then add the salt and the water. Cover and quinoa will be ready when water is all absorbed.
  • Slice the tomatoes and add to the warm quinoa along with julienned fresh basil leafs.
  • Prepare the vinaigrette by combining the mustard, the lime juice and the seasonings. Drizzle the salad and serve.

Notes

  • You can use olive oil for the mustard seed dressing if desired.
  • Can replace lime juice with vinegar. However using fresh lime juice is better because provides a fresh finish.
  • If fresh basil is not available use fresh parsley instead.
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Marisa Franca

5 stars
We love our quinoa!! We’ve been making so many dishes with it and then I’m always trying to find new ways. It is a staple in our home. The photo looks very appetizing and all the ingredients are just the ones we love. And you’ve switched it up a bit for the Italian — instead of using lemon you used lime. Delicious!!

Camesha

This salad looks like perfection. It’s full of freshness. I’d like to try it and the flounder dish! So good.

Karen Lizarraras

YUM! We love a good dish with quinoa

Nita

This looks amazing! We have quinoa all the time, so this would be a great addition!

Emily

This sounds so yummy! Fresh for the upcoming summer months!

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