Quinoa Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

One of the many reasons that I am obsessed with my house mates is because they appreciate good food. Just look at this recent creation:

Marisa and Ruby whipped this up and I pretty much just sat and watched. I haven’t been cooking nearly as much lately as I would like to be. But I am about to get it together and start blogging more complicated (than my last couple posts) recipes.


2 cups uncooked quinoa

4 cups veggie stock

4 ears of corn, roasted or sauteed to brown

Soak the quinoa first for a few hours in water with a tsp of vinegar. Drain. Cook on the stove in the broth with the corn until it is soft and puffy. Drain if necessary. Then mix in…

cherry tomatoes

chopped cucumber

chopped green onion

Then prepare the vinaigrette…

apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, minced garlic, fresh basil leaves, dijon mustard, salt

Toss all together and enjoy!

The only thing I have really been making out of the ordinary lately (veggie sandwiches, stir frys, etc) is new oatmeal flavors. Im sure these have been done by other bloggers, but they were new to me!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats


1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup blueberries

tsp vanilla

dash salt & cinnamon

Combine all of the above and cook until the oats have absorbed all the liquid. Top with almond or peanut butter and extra berries!

Zucchini Muffin Oatmeal


1/2 cup oats

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup water

1 small zucchini, grated

lots of nutmeg & cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup

Combine all the ingredients and cook until the oats have absorbed the liquid. Top with pecan or almond butter!

And I have one more thing that Y’ALL NEED TO TRY before watermelons go out of season…

Watermelon Milkshake!


4 cups frozen watermelon

1/2 ย cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1 tbsp sugar (optional)

Add it all to the blender and voila!

14 thoughts on “Quinoa Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

  1. That watermelon milkshake looks sooo good. You left So. Cali right before the heat struck! It was nearly 110 yesterday in Orange County. Unfortunately I have a mini fridge with room for a melon, so it was off to Jamba Juice for me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you’re having a wonderful experience!

  2. may i just say how much i love your food! it is so simple but looks so good. love the zuc in the oatmeal and watermelon shake ideas. yay for simple, whole food, yummy recipes!

  3. I’ll definitely be making that quinoa salad. It looks delicious. A quick question, I never soaked the quinoa and it’s always turned out great. What is your reasoning behind soaking? Thanks!

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