Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad

Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad

Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad is a healthy option for vegetarian guests, or to take to a picnic, pool party, or casual dinner party. It takes no time to create, and for those who prefer a little less zippy heat, cut back on the chipotle chili and add more cumin!

I love the week of Fourth of July. There are so many new salad recipes to try, or oldie-but-goodies to pull out of the archives. We’ve definitely been trying to keep our cooking on the healthy side.

Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad

Our garden is bursting right now! I thought I’d add a few photos today to show you a few of my “favorite things.” Of course our tomatoes are barely coming on, so it will be a few weeks until I start sharing tomato recipes!

At a recent party, we took some of the lettuce that had gone to seed and put it in buckets to set off to the side for a pretty garden display. Pretty!

And then we took this salad, with butter crunch lettuce leaves, and made easy lettuce wraps for an appetizer.

Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad

For now we have lots of kale, beets, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli.

RE summer garden

RE summer garden

RE summer garden

RE summer garden

RE summer garden

RE summer garden

RE summer garden

A few favorites: raspberries and dill.

RE summer garden

RE summer garden

And zucchini is just now at its finest.

Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad

We enjoyed this salad as a side with vegetarian options the other night, for dinner from the garden. My family absolutely loved it, and I hope you do, too.

What’s your favorite food in the garden right now, or that you can’t get enough of from the farmer’s market?

Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad

Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • Juice and zest of 4-5 lime
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder – or – I used McCormick Chipotle Chili Pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1 cup red or yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 can Bush’s Blackeye Peas, drained
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Precook quinoa and cool. Place 4 cups into a large serving bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice with the zest, a pinch or two of salt, the cumin, chipotle chili, and olive oil, until the dressing comes together.
  3. Add the chopped scallions, peppers, drained peas, cheese, and cilantro to the quinoa and gently toss. Drizzle the dressing over the mixture and toss together.
  4. Garnish with additional cilantro and lime zest, if desired, and a sprinkle of chipotle on top. Serve!

   

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8 Responses to “Zesty Lime Blackeye Peas Quinoa Summer Salad”

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    Tieghan Gerard — July 2, 2014 @ 5:31 am

    Love the flavors going on here!! Perfect summer side or light meal!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — July 2, 2014 @ 6:17 am

    Such great flavors! Beautiful, Sandy!

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    Heather || Heather's Dish — July 2, 2014 @ 6:25 am

    Sandy this sounds SO AMAZING! And I know I’ve said this before, but can I just come and live amongst your garden goodness? It’s gorgeous!

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    marly — July 2, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    Gorgeous photos! They make me want this “fresh from the garden” quinoa summer salad now!

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    Amanda — July 2, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    Your garden is amazing! Looks so good :)

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    sheila @Eat2gather — July 2, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

    this looks seriously amazing! PINNED! xox Sheila

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    Beverly — July 2, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

    Hi Sandy, I have been reading your blog for several years and love all your great ideas. I am a Pastors Wife and I do love to have people over for dinner. Your ideas and recipes have been very encouraging and helpful. I just returned from Ashland last week, I go every summer with some ladies from a Bible Study I used to belong to. I always think of you when I am in your area and just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your blog.

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    Shaina — July 15, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    Your garden is exploding. Everything looks so happy and healthy! I love seeing how it progresses over the summer. Lovely salad, too!

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