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Watermelon Quinoa Salad with Lime & Chilli Vinaigrette

Quinoa in everyday cooking !

Quinoa is such a versatile (pseudo) grain that it lends itself to salads and cooked dishes equally. This is our go-to salad during SUmmers and the husband man and me induige in it often during summers. It’s a simple salad that’s apt for the scorching summer days, and it can easily be a complete meal for one.  It’s also great for potluck parties. So, go on and make this one, and let me know what other salads you love !

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Health Benefits of Quinoa:

  1. Fibre can help in lowering Cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Has
  2. Rich in Anti Oxidants
  3. Good Plant based source of protein
  4. Good source of Manganese, iron and folate – making it nutrient rich

Prep time : 10 mins, Chilling time : 15 mins ; Serves : 2

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Salad:

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa (Cooked)
  • 2 cups Watermelon (cubed)

For the vinaigrette : 

  • 1/2 TBSP Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Honey( maple syrup if you need it completely vegan)
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 tsp Black pepper (Crushed)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Orange juice
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To make the Watermelon Quinoa Salad

  1. Rinse the quinoa well and cook in open pot till it ‘blooms’. Drain and reserve in a colander
  2. Mix the quinoa and watermelon with a fork and chill for 15- 30 mins. 
  3. Before serving, whisk all ingredients of the vinaigrette, toss the salad with the same & serve immediately, chilled.

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Watermelon Quinoa Salad is a quick gluten free, Vegan salad that is refreshing, light and appetising for summer brunch or potluck.Pin

Notes:

  • One can skip honey for a completely vegan version. Sometimes we don’t add either honey or maple syurp as the watermelon is itself sweet.
  • Ingredients for the Vinaigrette is optional, go with what catches your fancy.
  • This was moderately spicy for us, but you could add or delete any ingredient of your choice.
Watermelon Quinoa Salad is a quick gluten free, Vegan salad that is refreshing, light and appetising for summer brunch or potluck.Pin

Watermelon Quinoa Salad with Lime & Chilli Vinaigrette

Kalyani
Watermelon Quinoa Salad is a quick gluten free, Vegan salad that is refreshing, light and appetising for summer brunch or potluck. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 30 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, International
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

  • pan
  • Colander
  • Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa Cooked
  • 2 cups Watermelon cubed

For the vinaigrette : 

  • 1/2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Honey maple syrup if you need it completely vegan
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp Whole Black Pepper Crushed
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Orange Juice

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the quinoa well and cook in open pot till it ‘blooms’. Drain and reserve in a colander
  • Mix the quinoa and watermelon with a fork and chill for 15- 30 mins.
  • Before serving, whisk all ingredients of the vinaigrette, toss the salad with the same & serve immediately, chilled.

Notes

NOTES:
  1. One can skip honey for a completely vegan version. Sometimes we don’t add either honey or maple syurp as the watermelon is itself sweet. 
  2. Ingredients for the Vinaigrette is optional, go with what catches your fancy.
  3. This was moderately spicy for us, but you could add or delete any ingredient of your choice.
Keyword Anti Inflammatory, Easy salad, Quinoa, Quinoa Salad, Salad, Summer Salad, Watermelon Salad
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21 Comments

  1. This must have been a nice salad… The brown and red looks really pretty…

  2. THE FOOD SAMARITAN.

    Great looking salad! Love watermelon!

  3. Prathima Shivraj

    Colourful salad with quinoa sounds delicious

  4. Priya Suresh

    Am in love with this fantastic salad Kalyani, you done justice to the secret ingredients i have given.Fabulous salad.

  5. Priya Satheesh

    Watermelon n feta are my fav too and adding quinoa is absolutely healthy. awesome 🙂

  6. Wow.. looks nice. I haven't used quinoa since I have come back to India.

  7. Such an easy to make, nutrient loaded and refreshing salad!!

  8. Chef Mireille

    the salad looks so pretty with the red quinoa – what a healthy and delicious salad!

  9. Give Me Some Spice

    Lovely combination of watermelon and feta cheese. Adding Quinoa is a good idea. lovely dressing too

  10. cookwithrenu

    Wow a salad with quinoa, watermelon and feta makes it a healthy and a filling salad.

  11. Sujata Roy

    Fabulous share Kalyani. Salad sounds so healthy, filling and delicious. Loved it.

  12. 5 stars
    Simple yet nutritious and refreshing salad. Nice combination of super food quinoa and fresh fruits. It indeed is a wholesome salad. Nice post!

  13. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    What attracted me to this recipe was the lime and chilli that goes so well with watermelon. Today it was too hot to cook and elaborate meal so I made this watermelon quinoa salad. Added some chickpeas and feta too. So yummy and filling too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. 5 stars
    Watermelon and quinoa salad looks so very yum and I love the ease with which we can make it. A few variations and the salad will be a new salad.

  15. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Lovely salad of watermelon with quinooa in it. I often have watermelon salad during summer, will be making this one too. Nice recipe.

  16. 5 stars
    This will be my summer happiness recipe. YOu can literally ask me for a happy dance with this, it has two of my favorites, watermelon and quinoa.

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