Diverse Quinoa and Vegetable Delight

Diverse Quinoa and Vegetable Delight

This Diverse Quinoa and Vegetable Delight is a vibrant, nutritious dish brimming with a medley of colorful vegetables and wholesome quinoa. It’s a perfect blend of flavors and textures, offering a satisfying meal that’s both hearty and healthful. Enjoy the subtle nutty taste of quinoa combined with the freshness of seasonally available vegetables, all tied together with a light and zesty dressing.

– 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
– 2 cups vegetable broth or water
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
– 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
– 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1 medium zucchini, diced
– 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
– 1 medium avocado, diced
– 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
– Salt and pepper to taste

For the Dressing:
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook the Quinoa: In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and vegetable broth (or water). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

2. Prepare the Vegetables: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, and corn kernels. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender but still crisp, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

3. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.

4. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, sautéed vegetables, halved cherry tomatoes, and diced avocado. Drizzle the dressing over the mixture and toss gently to coat.

5. Season and Serve: Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Enjoy your Diverse Quinoa and Vegetable Delight as a main dish or a hearty side!