Quirky Quinoa Carnival—Lunch for 4

“Quirky Quinoa Carnival” is a vibrant Mediterranean lunch dish, featuring fluffy quinoa tossed with a medley of oven-roasted vegetables. The salad is brought to life with a tangy lemon vinaigrette, making it a refreshing, nutritious choice for any day.

Meal Type






Food Stars

Quinoa, Vegetables, Lemon Vinaigrette





You Need This Stuff

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil for vinaigrette
  • Fresh parsley leaves, chopped for garnish

Do This With That Stuff

  1. ‘Rinse 1 cup of quinoa under cold water using the strainer
  2. In the large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil
  3. Add the rinsed quinoa to the boiling water, reduce heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed
  4. While quinoa is cooking, use the chopping board and chef’s knife to chop 1 medium red bell pepper, 1 medium yellow bell pepper, 1 medium zucchini, 1 medium eggplant, and 1 medium red onion into bite-sized pieces
  5. Also mince 2 cloves of garlic with the chef’s knife on the chopping board
  6. Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in the large skillet over medium heat
  7. Add chopped vegetables and minced garlic to the skillet Season with salt and pepper to taste Stir occasionally with wooden spoon until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 5-7 minutes
  8. Once cooked, remove quinoa from heat and let it stand covered for another 5 minutes Then fluff it gently with a fork
  9. Transfer cooked quinoa into a large bowl
  10. Add cooked vegetables to the bowl with quinoa and mix gently with wooden spoon until well combined
  11. For vinaigrette, use citrus juicer to squeeze juice from two lemons into a medium bowl Grate zest from one lemon using grater directly into this bowl as well
  12. Add 2 tbsp red wine vinegar and 1 tsp Dijon mustard into this bowl Whisk together using whisk until well combined
  13. Gradually whisk in remaining olive oil (1/2 cup) until emulsified
  14. Pour vinaigrette over quinoa and vegetable mixture in large bowl Toss gently with wooden spoon until everything is evenly coated
  15. Chop fresh parsley leaves using chef’s knife on chopping board for garnish
  16. Sprinkle chopped parsley over dish before serving Adjust salt and pepper if necessary’

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Beti’s Reflections

On a recent culinary adventure through the Mediterranean, I stumbled upon a dish that was as vibrant as the region’s culture itself. The Quirky Quinoa Carnival, a delightful medley of oven-roasted vegetables and fluffy quinoa, caught my eye and palate with its refreshing tanginess. I knew then that this Mediterranean quinoa recipe was one I had to bring back to TheKitchen.ai.

The Quirky Quinoa Carnival is a nutritious lunch option that serves four people. It’s an easy vegan recipe and a fantastic choice for those following a Mediterranean diet or seeking gluten-free dinner ideas. Bursting with flavor and health benefits, it’s sure to become your new favorite.

This vegetable quinoa dish features 1 cup of quinoa, which adds a fluffy texture and nutty flavor to the mix. It’s tossed with oven-roasted bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and red onion – all chopped into bite-sized pieces for maximum flavor absorption! Two cloves of garlic minced add an aromatic kick while 3 tbsp of olive oil brings out the natural flavors of these veggies. A tangy lemon vinaigrette made from fresh lemon juice and zest, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and extra virgin olive oil ties everything together beautifully. Lastly, fresh parsley leaves are sprinkled on top for garnish adding an extra layer of freshness.

To make this healthy quinoa salad recipe, start by rinsing your quinoa under cold water before simmering it in boiling water until tender. While your quinoa cooks away to fluffiness perfection, chop your veggies into bite-sized pieces and sauté them in olive oil until tender-crisp – remember to season with salt and pepper! Once cooked, combine your fluffy quinoa with the vibrant vegetables in a large bowl. For the vinaigrette – whisk together lemon juice and zest with red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard, gradually adding in olive oil until emulsified. Pour this tangy vinaigrette over your quinoa and vegetable mixture, tossing gently to ensure everything is evenly coated. Finish off with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley for that extra pop of color and freshness.

The Quirky Quinoa Carnival is more than just a quirky name – it’s a celebration of flavors, textures, and colors that will take your taste buds on a journey to the Mediterranean. Whether you’re cooking with quinoa and fresh vegetables for the first time or looking for a new way to enjoy these ingredients, this recipe is sure to impress. So why not invite some friends over and serve up this Mediterranean style quinoa dish? After all, food is always better when shared!

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