Bikini Cuisini: Quinoa Salad

We have such a short summer season here in the Northeast. It seems like June, July & August go by so quickly and before you know it, it's the first day of school again.

We have a short window for grilling, fresh local produce and beach time.

My summer lunches consist of grilled vegetables and simple salads like this in the attempt to keep my girlish figure (the "girlish" sadly not relevant these days).

Quinoa Salad:

1 cup of quinoa, cooked and cooled
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
handful kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper

Mix all the ingredients into the cooked quinoa and season to taste.
This stays in the fridge for a few days and makes a delicious, low-fat, high protein lunch!



Unknown said…
Looks fantastic in addition to being lean and healthy! I sure don't mind eating "rabbit food" when it looks like this!
The JR said…
Come close to the screen so I can kick you.... Your tiny and that bikini is probably falling off you.

My quinoa never looked that good.
Carole said…
LOL @ The Japanese Redneck. I had similar thoughts. ;-)

I like the addition of greens to the quinoa. When I first made quinoa and mixed it w/ veggies for a salad, it didn't have enough zip.
I may need to start making my poached eggs this way also. They never come out of the water looking the way I'd like them too. Plus, too many times I've broken the yolk when I gently flip them in the water.
Joanne said…
You are pretty girlish in my opinion! And this quinoa salad seems like the perfect way to stay that way. Healthy AND delicious!
Jen_from_NJ said…
Cute bikini and lovely cuisini! You are way girlish! I need to follow your lead on lunch - looks fantastic.
Ciao Chow Linda said…
If I could fit into a bikini like that, I'd eat that salad for every meal. It looks great and you do too!
Oui, Chef said…
Love the flavors here and am already anticipating a follow-up post: Bikini Zuchinni I right?
tasteofbeirut said…
Ahem: Anyone who can fit in that bikini is girlish and not above 20 in my opinion. Love that salad too, I would eat it happily daily.
Dana said…
I love that we are using the same foods on different coasts. I've seen your figure and it is totally bikini-worthy! Cute suit, by the way.
I could eat this salad everyday for the rest of my life and never fit into a bikini like that! I told you you should bottle your genes!