BBQ-Worthy Side Dish
Summer is the perfect time for Vegetable Quinoa Salad.
One thing I love about summer is all of the get-togethers with friends and family.
Countless cookouts, graduations, and pool parties to attend or host. They are so much fun and I especially love reconnecting with those I don’t get to see much during the year. Somehow, once summer hits we are able to set those dates in place and finally catch up.
Of course, whether you’re hosting or attending, food is always involved (thankfully). And by the end of summer, I am sick of burgers and hot dogs.
Vegetable Quinoa Salad
This Vegetable Quinoa Salad brings something different to the table (no pun intended) among the potato salads, pasta salads and grilled meats.
Quinoa is a gluten free grain (yay!), so if you have tolerated other gluten free grains, this could be a fun way to switch it up.
Aside from being gluten free, this Vegetable Quinoa Salad is also free from nuts, soy, sugar and meat. I used butter for flavor, but ghee, dairy free butter, avocado oil, or olive oil could easily be swapped for a dairy free or vegan version.
Vegetable Quinoa Salad – Girlinhealing.com
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, or bone broth
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
- 1 chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
- 2 TBS grass-fed butter
- Add the quinoa, stock, and sea salt to a medium-sized pot and bring to a rolling boil.
- Bring the heat down to a simmer and add the broccoli and carrot.
- After 7 minutes, add the zucchini and butter.
- Cook for 5 more minutes (or until the liquid has been absorbed).
For dairy free or vegan versions you can substitute: ghee (not vegan), olive oil, avocado oil, or dairy free butter of your choice.
Different veggies can be swapped out based on what’s in your fridge. Just be mindful to add in veggies that will take longer to cook sooner than quick-cooking ones!
Going to more than one cookout in a weekend (gosh, you’re popular!), luckily grains can be easily cooked in batches.
Let me know what you and your party-attendees think of this recipe. I like that it’s light and any vegetables will work!
What are your favorite dishes to make for BBQ’s?