Once again, a recipe featuring quinoa made in a rice cooker. And this time, I’ve got the pictures to prove it. This is my new go-to, take-everywhere, also-great-as-leftovers, party salad. Shoutout to my friends and family who already have or will soon be seeing this at their next event. Another option we’ve successfully tried out: keeping it in the fridge to continuously eat spoonfuls whenever you want. It’s packed with cucumbers, red peppers, red onion, and a simple lemon-y dressing. PLUS, quinoa. It’s the Make-Ahead Quinoa Party Salad (jump to recipe).
If you have a rice cooker, you probably already know how revolutionary it is for rice cooking. But it’s the same with quinoa. I 100% promise. See photographic evidence below. Oil the bowl with coconut oil to prevent sticking. Add 1 cup dry quinoa with 1 can of broth. Set on white rice setting. If it sounds super easy, that’s because it is.
Full disclosure: This salad is pretty alright when you first make it. But consensus is, at least a solid 12 hours in the fridge makes it WAY better. Something about flavors marinating together. And I’ve decided quinoa tends to absorb any and all flavors around it, while the quinoa flavor mostly just fades away. I don’t know anyone who eats quinoa for the flavor… but if it’s you, feel free to eat this quinoa-riffic salad right away. The rest of us will enjoy it in the next few days.
If this salad is serving a party of 1 or 2, I’d keep with the recipe sized below which gives you leftovers for a few days. If you’re actually taking this salad to a party, I’d recommend doubling it or using a few more veggies. For meal prepping large quantities, this pairs well with a juicy chicken breast for lunch or maybe some garlic shrimp for dinner.
Make-Ahead Quinoa Party Salad
Easy recipe for a light salad with cucumbers, peppers, onions, and a simply lemon-y dressing. YUM.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
- 1-2 cucumbers, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup avocado oil (olive oil works too)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or half of a lemon’s worth)
- salt/pepper to taste
- Cook quinoa per box directions, or using your rice cooker. To cook quinoa in the rice cooker, wipe the inside of the rice cooker bowl with coconut oil to reduce sticking. Add 1 cup dry quinoa with 1 can of chicken broth. Close and cook on brown rice setting.
- While the quinoa is cooking, dice cucumbers, red onion, and bell pepper.
- Let the quinoa cool for a few minutes when it is done, then place it in a large bowl. Add diced vegetables, avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Store in air tight container in the refrigerator. Salad is best when eaten at least 12 hours after it is made.
Add other things like olives or feta cheese to make it your own 🙂
UPDATE 3/23/17: I recently made this with rice vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar, and it received good reviews from the whole group.
Recipe adapted from Greek Quinoa Bowls by Jenn at Peas and Crayons.
- Serving Size: ~1 cup
- Calories: 207
- Fat: 11.1g
- Carbohydrates: 22.8g
- Protein: 4.9g
Thank you so much for reading! Tag @projectmealplan on social media if you make this yummy recipe! I’d love to see what you’ve created!