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Sophie’s cold quinoa & broccoli, corn, yellow bell pepper & parsley salad


A tasty quinoa meal!

This is a lovely quinoa & veggies salad. I served it alongside steamed spinach & baked turkey pieces.
This is only the 2nd time I made cooked quinoa. I so love its flavour & texture. It is also easy to make. My quinoa only took 15 minutes to cook.

What is quinoa? Wikipedia explains it very well. Just click on the link!

You like it like I do? Check out this easy yet flavourful recipe!

Recipe for the quinoa & veggies salad: For at least 4 persons
170 gr uncooked quinoa
340 ml water
300 gr uncooked broccoli, washed & cleaned, cut into florets
140 gr yellow bell pepper, cleaned, white pits & white parts on the inside removed
100 gr corn from a can, well rinsed & leaked
30 gr of Italian flatleaf parsley, washed, pad dry on kitchen paper, cleaned, cut more finely
Herbamare salt original: 1 to 2 teaspoons ( herbamare from DR. A. Vogel is gluten-free!! )

1. First, steam your broccoli. Steam it for about 5 to 10 minutes until al dente. Let cool off.
2. Then, cook your quinoa. Place the quinoa in a sieve & rinse the quinoa. Pour the water into a medium cooking pot & bring to the boil. When boiling, add the rinsed quinoa. Stir from time to time. Put the lid on. Check the cooking process, now & then. The quinoa has to absorb all the water. Turn the heat lower if necessary. My quinoa took 15 minutes to cook. When the quinoa is totally cooked & ready, the quinoa is tender. Fluff it all up with a fork. Set aside to cool off with the lid on for a further 10 minutes.
3. In a hot pan, add some fruity EVOO & heat up on high. Add the leaked corn kernels & the yellow bell pepper pieces. Add some Herbamare according to taste. Fry for about 5 to 8 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool off.
4. When all of the veggies are cold, add the cut up parsley, the broccoli florets, the corn & the yellow bell pepper pieces to the quinoa. Mix gently. Taste! Add 1 to 2 teaspoons Herbamare according to your taste.
5. I served my salad cold with baked turkey pieces & cooked spinach.

**Variation 1: This is also lovely with other veggies like a mix from cooked green asparagus & cooked white asparagus.
**Variation 2: This is also nice with boiled fresh peas & 2 peeled broad beans cooked with crumbled feta cheese.

Cooking & stirring the quinoa
Fluffing the quinoa with a fork
Mixing carefully the vegetables through the cooked quinoa

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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

103 thoughts on “Sophie’s cold quinoa & broccoli, corn, yellow bell pepper & parsley salad

  1. I love quinoa but have not made any salads with it lately. That changes today that's to your inspiring post. I have some great veggies from my CSA to throw into the mix.

  2. Healthy, tons of fiber and of course delicious. Would love to eat like this everyday. :))

  3. Thanks so much for visiting The 21st Century Housewife's Kitchen, and for the compliments! Your blog is lovely too – I especially like your zucchini muffins – they look beautiful and delicious!! Best wishes, April

  4. I still can not find quinoa at markets here, but this salad sounds so healthy and easy. Steamed spinach looks like a great pair for this healthy salad.

  5. Your dish is exactly what I need to start my main meal with…especially if I want to get a little dessert in too ;o)P.S. Sophie…I could't find your email…please write to me: foodessa(at)gmail(dot)comI need to ask your permission for my Tuesday post.Thanks for the lovely recipe,Claudia

  6. I do love quinoa – it's taste, the texture and it's ability to morph into side dish or main dish! This looks summer-scrumptious.

  7. I love quinoa, too! I got a cookbook all about quinoa for my birthday!Your salad looks amazing- light and tasty for a warm summer day!!

  8. Hi Sophie. Greetings from foggy coastal California! I'm rather new to quinoa and don't usually keep it in my pantry. But your salad looks so delicious and would be so perfect for a hot (should we ever have one) day, that I'm going to save it for just that occasion.

  9. Good for you for you newly acquired fondness for quinoa. I came to it late in the game, too. Now, I adore it — especially in summer salads with lots of herbs, olives and feta or goat cheese crumbled over the top.

  10. Would you believe that I've never eaten quinoa before in my life? I should give it a try one day especially after hearing how good it is from so many people. Love the flavours of your version.

  11. I love quinoa salad but have never made it. Your recipe looks so delicious, Sophie, and I especially like this because it's so versatile. Nice meal.

  12. @ agrigirl: Yeah, I think so too that Print me! is an addition to everyone's blog! Easy & thanks!@ A spicy perspective & Joaanee: Enjoy, my friends!@ Oyster Culture: Glad to be your inspiration!@ Pierre & Clémence: Merci beaucoup mes amis!@ Elra: I also love it because it is filling, easy to make, full of fibre & protein, etc!@ 21st century Housewife: I also love your cool blog! Enjoy!@ Rosabela: This is great as a salad, with grilled fish & marinated lamb , chicken, pork or beef, or other sea food!@ Zerrin, Rosa, Erica & Lorraine: enjoy this salad, ladies!@ Claudia, Claudia, Koko & Kirsten: Enjoy this salad & thanks, girls!@ Christine & HH: Try it , I am sure you 2 will love it too,…!!!@ Reeni, Janet, Carolyn & Daniel: thanks!!@ Daniel: You have a COOL foodblog!@ Jo, Valérie & cathy: thanks, girls: Do enjoy this lovely salad!

  13. J'adore le croquant du quinoa. Une recette saine et facile : je note.A bientôt et bonne semaine.

  14. @ Gloria: gracias!@ Nadji: Enjoy & have a great week too!@ Juliana, pipigscorner & Ozoz: Enjoy, girls!@ T.W. Barritt: I am glad you approve!@ Cynthia: thanks!@ Angie: You must, it is so versatile & easy to make & quinoa is so healthy & good for you too!

  15. Sophie…beautiful template..and the salad looks very good and healthy as always. I have never tried quinoa but i think I shd. It s good n healthy right? I must try.:))

  16. I love quinoa — it's one of my favorite ingredients to use in cooking and in baking. It has such a great texture. What a delicious healthy salad. A great lunch for work!

  17. There is so much nutrition in quinoa, you can't go wrong. We should eat it much more than we do. Great recipe for a quinoa salad!

  18. Oh, I love this all veggie post! Quinoa…one of my favorite ingredients. so much you can do with it, like you are showing us here! Delicious looking.Ronelle x

  19. Quinoa is a good choice for summer salad – no gluten and lots of protein. Yours looks very good. I also like it for cereal (the flaked type) in the morning.

  20. I'm loving this easy and healthy salad! Well done Sofie-I love all the veggies you used.

  21. Isn't quinoa great? It's so easy to make, and healthy, plus it's so versatile, with many different vegetable and herb combinations that go well with it!Thanks for your nice comment on Outside Oslo, by the way! There's a new recipe posted today.

  22. @ Sam: I think so too! thanks!@ Zurin! Thanks, girl, I love the colourful template too! Enjoy the quinoa salad. It is so versatile, you can add any veggie that you like or eat it with grilled fish, …@ Megan: great to hear from you, girl!!@ Tom: thanks & yes, indeed!@ Anna & Lisa: thanks, girls & do enjoy the lovely salad!@ AppleC: thanks!@ Cheryl: make the salad, dear Cheryl & you will see!@ Barbara & Ronelle: thanks, girls!! Enjoy!!@ Claudia: I also love to eat the quinoa flakes in the morning in a smoothie. You can find a few recipes with them on my blog, filed under breakfast!@ Clemence, Foodcreate, Lynda & D.@ Outside Oslo: Thanks & do enjoy!!

  23. I can't keep saying, "Oh my." So, bravo, this is another winner. You have the most interesting dishes and I want to make them all.

  24. Ooo, I love cold quinoa salads. This looks so good! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, Living Free 🙂 ~Aubree Cherie

  25. @ Sweet & savoury: Thanks, my friend!@ Simply Life: thanks!@ Aubree Cherie: Your welcome & do enjoy the quinoa salad!

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