Cucumber, Grape, and Herb Quinoa – The Foodie Patootie

Cucumber, Grape, and Herb Quinoa

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summer quinoa

If I didn’t have a 40 hour a week job outside of my blog and freelance projects, you know what I would be doing?

I’ll go ahead and tell you because, as my husband likes to point out, people aren’t mind readers.

If I had more free time, I would make so many summer recipes. You know the ones. They are the recipes that are perfect for any summer BBQ or, as I call them, “food fests”. I would host a million recipes right here for potato salads (tangy, sweet, vinegary, all varieties!), barbecued meats (both on and off skewers), beautifully full salads, cold soups, fun dips as appetizers, mini foods that can be eaten in one bite, wonderfully intoxicating cocktails… Honestly, the list goes on for forever and ever.

Tune in next summer as I should be more prepared for the most fun season of the year.

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In Florida, there’s the summer that lasts about 360 days of the year – the other 5 can be described as fall – and then there are the “official” summer months that are really just a more summery summer. It’s so hot and typically rains every afternoon, but the produce that’s around during the spring and summer time are some of my favorites. Berries and peaches and ahhh so many flavors. Then there are the fruits and vegetables that aren’t necessarily at the peak of season, but available all the time and are still so delicious.

That’s why this Cucumber, Grape, and Herb Quinoa is going to be your new favorite meal! Green grapes (the superior variety, clearly), cucumbers, and then wonderful herbs like basil and mint. Can’t ever go wrong with those. Add some more items, like a zesty dressing, and you have today’s recipe. Which, coincidentally, is perfect for a summer BBQ, but also for some of these other times:

  • when you need a quick and easy meal
  • for a potluck either at a friend’s house or at work
  • when you are in a place where you can’t keep your dish warm
  • picnics on the beach or the park…picnics anywhere
  • road trips, why not?
  • for a relaxing lunch on a relaxing Sunday afternoon
  • leftovers for a workday lunch, whenever (!!)

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Quinoa is one of my favorite things to eat. In case you don’t know, quinoa is a grain and has this really fantastic texture to it. You can just make it as a side dish, or add some to your favorite salad, it all works. Quinoa is so versatile in that it can be paired with different foods and ingredients and dressings and be different every time. A lot of people cook their quinoa in water, but I always prefer to use chicken broth.

Cooking the quinoa in chicken broth awakens the flavor and adds a richness to the dish. It makes the quinoa seem a tad more hearty. Plus, I can honestly say I go through a plethora of Swanson Chicken Broth every month. I use Swanson for my Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup (an older recipe, don’t fault the photo!), Ditalini Italian Soup, any kind of braised chicken dish or stew, to go with ravioli filling, white bean chili, etc.

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When I found out that Sam’s Club now has a 6-pack of 32 ounce Swanson Chicken Broth containers, I did a giddy dance. Because I’m a food nerd and that’s what I do, this is a no-judgment zone.

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Speaking of no judgment, you may now eat many servings of this quinoa. I won’t tell. Happy summer to you!

Interested in this chicken broth? You can attend a demo at Sam’s Club locations nationwide this coming Friday (7/31) from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm for more information about the product. How do you use Swanson Chicken Broth in your summer recipes? You can check out the Swanson Summer Social Hub for recipe inspiration!

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Cucumber, Grape, and Herb Quinoa

A delightful summer dish that's quick to make as a side item or main meal.

Ingredients:

Quinoa

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups Swanson Chicken Broth
  • 15 green grapes, halved
  • 3 mini cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 red pepper, chopped
  • 5 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped

Lime Dressing

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Add quinoa and chicken broth to heavy-bottom pot set over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook for 20 minutes. Once done, fluff quinoa with a fork and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Once cooled, add in grapes, cucumbers, red onion, red pepper, mint, and basil; stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, add lime juice, lime zest, and honey. Whisk to combine. While whisking, add in olive oil. Continue to whisk until dressing is all combined. Pour over quinoa and toss. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve quinoa dish at room temperature or chilled. Either is delicious!

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35 Responses to “Cucumber, Grape, and Herb Quinoa”

  1. Heather - Butter & Burlap — July 27, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Girl, PREACH about the busy work week and fitting a blog post in!! It’s such a struggle right now!  Loving this recipe though!!

    • Jennifer — July 28th, 2015 @ 8:49 pm

      Right?? Sometimes it’s so hard to keep up. I guess that’s what the weekends are for. 🙂

  2. Krystal — July 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I’m officially hungry. I had no idea that cucumbers and grapes would pair so well in a quinoa dish. I bet it tastes even better with Swanson Chicken Broth! #client

    • Jennifer — July 28th, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

      I’m so serious, this quinoa is for real delicious. I CANNOT EVEN!

  3. Bri — July 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    This is such a healthy & delicious looking dish.  Making quinoa is not my specialty but practice makes perfect.  

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Bri! For quinoa, just use a 2:1 ratio of broth to quinoa, set to boil, and then reduce to low for 20 minutes. Will be perfect nearly every time!

  4. Beth@FrugalFroggie — July 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    That looks so yummy and healthy.  I haven’t tried quinoa before.

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Beth! I definitely recommend you try! You may become obsessed.

  5. Ashley @irishred02 — July 31, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    This quinoa looks delicious. We love it and I am always looking for new ways to prepare it. I am pinning this one and writing it down on my grocery list!

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 11:06 pm

      Woohoo, hope you enjoy!

  6. Cynthia L — July 31, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    This looks delicious.  I have really grown fond of quinoa and am alway son the lookout for new recipes.  The addition of grapes in the recipe is a great one – I bet they add  a sweetness to the dish.

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

      They do! I love quinoa because you can do so much with it.

  7. Amanda V — July 31, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    That looks amazing. I’m into pretty much anything that has cucumber in it, so refreshing. I normally make my own broth but when I cheat, I get swansons. It’s the best! 

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

      Oh yes, making your own broth is great!! And I agree, cucumbers are so refreshing. They are my favorite things to put in cocktails.

  8. Trisha — July 31, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I rarely eat quinoa but its something I would like to include in my diet. This recipe sounds delish and something I think my daughter would enjoy as well! 

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 10:57 pm

      Quinoa is really great for you, and tasty, too! Hope you and your daughter enjoy!

  9. Barb @ A Life in Balance — August 1, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Wow! I think these flavors together would be very refreshing! I’m sharing this with my FB readers as an easy lunch idea.

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Barb!

  10. Stacey — August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    You are right about chicken broth adding an extra layer of depth to dishes! I love cooking in chicken broth as well. All grains and most veggies are totally enhanced by chicken broth!

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 10:55 pm

      Yes, absolutely!

  11. Ana De- Jesus — August 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Can you make me a vegetarian version pretty please I am a veggie and this looks delicious without the meat lol!

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 10:54 pm

      Hey Ana! This is actually vegetarian! But for the chicken broth, you can substitute with vegetable broth. 🙂

  12. Kerri — August 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    This looks like such a delicious recipe.  I know how busy it can get.  Work hours and making meals are a juggle for me.

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

      Always! And I do love making meals, but need someone to work 10 of my 40 hours for me, haha.

  13. Amethyst Moon — August 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I know just what you mean! Busy at work, busy in school, busy at home, busy on the blog. I can’t keep up! I need someone to cook me some of these summer recipes!

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

      Ha, wouldn’t that be nice!

  14. Victoria — August 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    This looks like it tastes so good. I will make this one day for sure. I love how you were able to incorporate grape too. 

    • Jennifer — August 1st, 2015 @ 10:52 pm

      The grapes add this really refreshing quality to the dish!

  15. Pame @ Hodge Podge Moments — August 2, 2015 at 2:04 am

    I still need to try quinoa! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂 This dish looks great – I’m going to have to remember to try it (if I discover I like quinoa!)

    • Jennifer — August 3rd, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

      Quinoa is so yummy! Hope you’ll try it and love it!

  16. Denea — August 2, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I can’t wait to try this, healthy and looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! 

  17. Ella P — August 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I know what is like to be busy!! Yes, yes yes.. and i would also be doing more cooking and baking ( my fave) if i had more time!

    And this quinoa recipe is looking soooo good, i might add it on my easy snacks list! Thanks for such awesome post!

  18. This looks yummy! I may make it for dinner tonight!

  19. Jaclyn — August 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I have grown to love quinoa, but I haven’t made it much! I love the added grapes; that would be such a sweet touch!

  20. karissa — August 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    This looks good. I’ve never had quinoa though. 

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