Fourth of July Quinoa Salad

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Hello and Happy 4th of July to all of my American readers!

Although I have a couple clients to train today, Shane & I celebrated last night by headed over to Peoria to meet some friends at the Riverfront.


Shane with all his ladies Winking smile haha

We bought tickets to a Foghat and Blue Oysters Cult concert and watched the fireworks there from the Riverfront. It was so much fun!


Wrist candy overload!!! haha

But very. very. very hot. We all got wrist bands to drink upon entering the concert, but honestly, it was so hot that I switched to water after one summer shandy.


It was refreshing, like lemonade, but got warm too quickly for me to drink! Craziness.

Another bonus? Checking off another item on my summer bucket list. Go to a concert? CHECK Open-mouthed smile What a great night.

I’m really not sure what’s on the horizon as far as celebrating today. However, I’ve got the perfect dish to bring to whatever cookout/party we go to – Fourth of July Quinoa! If you need a last minute side to bring to your party today, this only takes about 20 minutes to whip up!


Summer Quinoa Salad

1 c. quinoa, rinsed and drained, and cooked according to package

1 handful of baby spinach leaves

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 c. shelled edamame

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. olive oil mayo

juice of 1/2 lemon + zest

1 clove minced garlic

pinch of cayenne pepper

sea salt + pepper to taste

While quinoa is cooking, whisk together the oil, mayo, lemon, garlic, cayenne, and salt & pepper in a medium bowl. Add the quinoa and immediately after add the spinach leaves to wilt them. Finally, add the bell pepper and edamame. Serve chilled.

Have a great day, everyone!

What’s one of your go-to summer dishes to bring to a cook out?

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  1. I love bringing quinoa tabouli to cookouts. Your salad looks perfect! Enjoy your day Paige!

  2. I have already brought quinoa salads to summer parties twice and have committed to one more already so I think its safe to say its my favorite dish to bring. They are so easy and yummy!
    Have a great 4th of July!

  3. I <3 quinoa! Seriously, I've been using it in everything lately. Your salad looks great!

  4. I love quinoa salads and this one looks really good :)

  5. Have a great 4th of July!! I haven’t had quinoa in faaaar too long, I think I should change that, this looks good!

  6. Quinoa salads are the new pasta salads! :) I took one to a BBQ a few weekends ago and it was a huge hit! I’ve been making different variations to take for lunch everyday too – so much more filling and fresh than a sandwich!

    Happy Fourth of July! :)

  7. Summer Shady is a great summer beer, but you’re right, it warms up really fast! (Ps, I love that “Love” bracelet above)

  8. Mmmm, yummy! Love quinoa to the moon and back!

  9. Haha, I love that Shane was the only boy! Hope the rest of your 4th of July celebrations were wonderful!

  10. Wow, Paige, that salad sounds SO good. I love all of the parts and together they must taste delicious. I think I’ll try it! Thanks!


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