Meal for a Hot Day – Vegan Style

So, it’s really hot here in the Northeast today – over 90! I can’t believe we had the heat on last week (really). Needless to say, the heat doesn’t inspire much cooking. However, I had been away for a couple of days and really felt like I should eat out of my own kitchen tonight.  So, I opened the refrigerator and grabbed a bunch of produce, set some quinoa to cook and went about constructing a whole grain salad. I didn’t set out to make a vegan meal. This just recipe just developed that way naturally!

The picture is slightly blurry because I was so excited to eat it, I only took one!

Quinoa Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 1/4 c. chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 chopped red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint

Dijon Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp capers

Mix everything together! This was so easy and perfect for today. If you are a planner, you could cook quinoa ahead of time to have on hand. Even better – assemble the whole salad ahead! Since there is no mayonnaise, this would be a great take along for a picnic, too. And even better – a yummy vegan option!

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