Cucumber and Tomato Quinoa Salad

Hi Everyone,

Hmm, it seems this week I am into quick dishes, hope you don’t mind, but I have another one for you today.

This is my Cucumber and Tomato Quinoa Salad.  I really enjoyed this salad.  It’ so light, full of flavor and has two veggies that I think go hand in hand together, cucumber and tomato.  I just love it!   I made this for my Husband and I, but my Husband refused to eat, which is fine by me, more for me to eat!  See Quinoa scares him.  I didn’t know a grain can scare someone, but I guess it can.  He says it looks like fish eggs and he can’t eat that.  I asked him to try it but he refused.  When I made my Spanish Quinoa a couple of months ago, he took the tiniest, tiniest bite ever and he said ick!   I thought he was crazy, and I still do!!

Just about every Sunday I like to make a big batch of quinoa to use throughout the week.  This may sound odd, but I like to sub it for my oatmeal in my breakfast parfait jar.  It’s really good in it, you should try it!  I decided since I already had it made, that adding some cucumbers and tomatoes to it with a little balsamic dressing would make for a tasty side dish.  Boy was I right!  The quinoa really absorbed the flavors of the dressing.  Whats even better is that it tasted even fantastic the next day!  I had it for lunch and I was so surprised how it never got soggy!  The quinoa held up well.  If you make this, you must make enough leftovers for the next day, I’m telling you that I think I liked it better on day two!

Cucumber and Tomato Quinoa Salad
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2 Heaping Cups
  • Serving size: 1 Cup
Prep time: 
Total time: 
A light an simple quinoa salad made with cucumbers and tomatoes.
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced small
  • 1 cup tomato, diced small
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tbsp.parsley, fresh, sliced small
  • 1 tbsp. basil, fresh, sliced small
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic dressing (your favorite kind)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. In a bowl add cucumber and tomato and gently stir in quinoa.
  2. Add basil and parsley and stir in balsamic dressing. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Calorie per serving: 123.8, Fat: 1.8, Sodium: 48, Potassium: 190, Carbs: 23.9, Fiber: 2.8, Sugar: 3.7, Protein: 4.5

For the Quinoa, I used Trader Joe’s Tri-color Quinoa.  I thought the colors in it were pretty and it seemed a smidge more healthier then the plain.   So glad I discovered quinoa this year because I really love it.  It’s so healthy and there is so much you can make with it.  I can’t wait to see what other things I can make with it.  Do you have a quinoa recipe you want to share?  If so post your link in the comment section below.

I’ll see you tomorrow, have a great day!




  1. What a great salad! It sounds uber refreshing and I love that it’s protein-filled from the quinoa!

  2. I love how healthy this is!

  3. You said you’ve had it as a side dish? I wonder what it would be like if you added some sort of protein like shrimp, chicken or tuna…

  4. sooo perfect for summer!!

  5. What’s the uncooked amount of quinoa, 1/2c?

  6. I’ve tried several new things so far this year, but I have to agree with your husband on this one. I just can’t bring myself to try it either.

  7. What a perfect Summer Salad. Cucumbers are so refreshing and are a nice contrast to quinoa. Thanks for another great recipe friend!

  8. Great take on a traditional Tabbouleh salad! Check out my video on cooking quinoa here
    Ciao 🙂

  9. This salad looks so light and refreshing! I’m definitely a fan of quinoa, and I happen to have tomatoes and cukes growing in my garden – so it’s perfect!

  10. This looks amazing Jennifer! I love quinoa salads!!

  11. I just made this for lunch. I used Champagne Vinegar in place of Balsamic Vinegar. This recipe is yummy and light! 🙂


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