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Summer Squash Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


This Summer Squash Quinoa Salad is the perfect summer side dish. Yellow squash, zucchini and cherry tomatoes sautéd in olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, mixed together with quinoa, it can be served hot or cold!



2 yellow summer squash

2 zucchini

6 tbsp olive oil, divided

8oz Tricolored cherry tomatoes

1/2 tsp salt

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp oregano

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 cups quinoa, cooked according to package instructions


Slice the summer squash and zucchini into 1/4″ thick slices

Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet* over medium-high heat

Add the tomatoes and salt

Working with a wooden spoon sauté the tomatoes until they start to blister, about 3-4 minutes

Add the yellow squash and zucchini**

Add 2 tbsp olive oil, the lemon juice and oregano

Sauté another 6-8 minutes until the squash cooks down and softens

Add the garlic, sauté 1-2 minutes

Add the quinoa, mix

Reduce heat to medium-low

Add the last tablespoon of olive oil and season with more salt if desired

Serve hot or put in the refrigerator at least 2 hour and up to 3 days and serve cold


*Use your largest skillet because until the squash and zucchini cook down they take up a lot of room

**Depending on the size of your pan you may need to add it in 2 batches

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

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