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Quinoa with Queso Fresco, Summer Squash and Mint

Serves 8 as a side dish (or 4 as a light meal)
Time 45 min
This lemony quinoa salad starring roasted squash and fresh mint makes an aromatic summer side dish that’s perfect alongside grilled fish, chicken or pork chops. It’s hearty enough to serve as a lunch or light dinner—just add arugula or romaine to the plate.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups tricolor quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
  • 2 small yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Zest and juice of 2 medium lemons
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 6 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
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Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Toast quinoa on a large rimmed baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, until fragrant, and then cool.

Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Add toasted quinoa; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow quinoa to remain covered for an additional 10 minutes.

Increase the oven temperature to 425°F.

Toss zucchini and squash with shallot, oil, salt and pepper on the baking sheet, and roast for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once, until brightly colored and lightly browned.

Use a fork to fluff quinoa and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Toss with warm squash, lemon zest and juice and mint.

Divide the salad among plates and garnish with cheese and pumpkin seeds.

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  • 2 cups tricolor quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
  • 2 small yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Zest and juice of 2 medium lemons
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 6 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
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Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.