Cucumber Quinoa Goat Cheese Salad

Cucumber Quinoa Goat Cheese Salad

After a Costco trip last week, I found myself with 3 giant cucumbers, an enormous container of grape tomatoes, and two logs of creamy goat cheese.  That’s how this salad was born.

I made it for a teacher’s appreciation lunch and it was a big hit, so I took it along again for a potluck at church Sunday evening.  And I have enough ingredients to make it one more time for a moms night I’m hosting Friday night.

This salad makes a great side dish to salmon, chicken or pork or can be a stand alone main dish salad with the addition of chickpeas.  A few toasted pine nuts or walnuts would be delicious, too!

Cucumber Quinoa Goat Cheese Salad

by Mommy, Run Fast

Ingredients

  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint (or more) halved grape tomatoes
  • small handful of parsley, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp brown mustard
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. – 1 c. creamy goat cheese, chopped

Instructions

Cook the quinoa in broth over medium heat for 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Pour the quinoa into a large mixing bowl and let it begin to cool.

Add cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients (oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard and salt/pepper). Stir into the quinoa salad until well combined. Stir in the goat cheese and serve luke warm or cold.

Enjoy!

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9 thoughts on “Cucumber Quinoa Goat Cheese Salad

  1. OMG I have totally had that problem with those goat cheese logs…HA! They always seem like a good idea to buy when you’re in the store and then a little while later it is full panic…what do I do with them!?! Great recipe!
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