Quinoa Salad with Corn, Feta and Walnuts

Today is officially Fall but you won’t know that in blazing hot Los Angeles.  So I am making one last easy summer salad before I begin thinking about soups or casseroles.  This quinoa salad with corn, feta and walnuts is a fresh, healthy salad.  The corn is sautéed with a little garlic to bring out it’s sweetness, then tossed with peppery arugula, red quinoa, salty feta and crunchy walnuts.  Add a simple white wine vinaigrette and you’re done.

Quinoa Salad with Corn Feta Walnuts | Green Valley KitchenAs mentioned in one of my previous recipes, I’ve been keeping cooked quinoa in the fridge to add to meals throughout the week.  This is a great time saving technique to add some protein to a salad or a wrap or some soup.  Just add some of the quinoa to whatever you’re making.  If you have cooked quinoa on hand you can put this salad together in 15 minutes.

Quinoa Salad with Corn Feta Walnuts | Green Valley Kitchen

All the flavors in this salad worked really well together – this is the kind of salad I could eat all week and not get bored with.

Quinoa Salad with Corn Feta Walnuts | Green Valley Kitchen

Hopefully, the weather here will change soon so I can start thinking about fall recipes but for now this salad is the way to go – an easy, healthy salad using the last of summer’s sweet corn.

Quinoa Salad with Corn, Feta and Walnuts
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Serves: 2 to 4
A flavorful summer salad featuring sweet corn, quinoa, peppery arugula, salty feta and crunchy walnuts.
Ingredients
  • Salad
  • 3 ears of corn - kernels removed from cob - about 1½ cups
  • 1 small garlic clove - minced
  • ½ tbs olive oil
  • 3 cups of baby arugula - roughly chopped
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa (1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa will equal 1½ cups cooked quinoa). I used red quinoa.
  • 2 oz feta cheese - diced
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces
  • ¼ cup red onion - minced
  • Dressing
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 8 twists of pepper from a pepper mill
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa as per package instructions. Let cool slightly when done.
  2. Cut corn from the cobs with a sharp small knife.
  3. In a saute pan, heat ½ tbs oil, add corn kernels and minced garlic. Saute for 2 minutes over medium heat - stirring occasionally so corn does not burn. Let cool and prep other ingredients.
  4. Roughly chop the arugula and add to a bowl.
  5. Add diced feta, walnuts and diced red onion to the bowl.
  6. Add corn and quinoa to bowl.
  7. Make dressing by whisking all ingredients together and toss over salad.
Notes
To cut corn from cob, place corn cob in a bowl and strip kernels off with a downward motion using a small sharp knife. I find a small knife easier to handle vs a large chef knife. Cut down and away from your self so you can't cut your self accidentally.
You want to let the quinoa cool slightly when it's done. A quick way to cool it down is to spread it out on a baking sheet.

 

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16 comments on “Quinoa Salad with Corn, Feta and Walnuts

  1. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    One of my favorite things about Summer is corn, right off the cob. No cooking! It’s so sweet and has pop of texture that I adore. I love your salads! You’re so creative and have the perfect balance of ingredients! I think keeping quinoa in the fridge is such a great idea… one I need to incorporate! So smart! No doubt it’s too hot for you to start getting into Fall mode! I hope it cools for you soon! Can’t wait to see what you’re up to in the kitchen for Fall!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks, Traci. I’ve been thinking about fall recipes – especially soups – but it’s just too hot to actually act on the impulse. Hopefully, only a couple more weeks of this hot weather. Seems like fall weather is coming later and later each year in Los Angeles.

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