Summer Vegetable and Quinoa Salad Print Recipe Print Recipe


I’m back.

I know, I can’t believe it either.

I didn’t think it would be this hard to get back into blogging. Baby steps, I guess.

Since my mom passed, I went back to work full time, we moved – it was a crazy month long process, I entered the third trimester in my pregnancy and my husband took a new job.

We’re still adjusting to our new normal, but I’m definitely back in the kitchen and it feels more comforting than ever.



To get myself back into the grove of things, I remade an old favorite. A recipe from my mom. I thought it was only appropriate.

Mom would make big batches of this every year we were in Hawaii and then during the summer time when we’d visit. Everyone loved it and the best part, it’s incredibly easy and adaptable.



I made a big batch so we would have extras for lunches and also enough to send home with my sister.

I put a little in a bowl for my son (he’s now 20 months) and he went through two helpings. Not only was I thrilled he was eating a healthy meal, but I felt like he got to experience a little piece of my mom in that moment.

My sister and I top ours with baked tofu (extra firm, olive oil, salt, pepper and a little garlic powder) and grilled chicken for my husband. It’s also perfect for those summer days or nights that are too hot to cook. We’ve had a lot of those recently. Really thrown off my menu planning, but nice when there’s a backup already in the fridge.

Thank you all for being patient with me while I’ve taken the time to get into our new routine, be a mom again and find our new normal. More to come on pregnancy, life and of course gluten-free recipes!


Quinoa and vegetable Salad

Serves 4


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 zucchini, quartered
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow, orange), chopped small
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes – red/orange, halved
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup  (3.8 oz.) black olives, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt + pepper
  • Optional – add baked tofu or chicken for protein


Place 1 cup uncooked quinoa and 1 3/4 cup water into a pot, sprinkle a little salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat, cover and cook for 15-18 minutes.

Add the cut/chopped vegetables to a large bowl. Add quinoa, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt + pepper. Mix together and set aside, allowing all the ingredients to soak up the flavor.

For the taste test – if it’s too dry, add more olive oil. Add additional salt + pepper if needed.

Serve as is or top with tofu or chicken for extra protein.

Serve and enjoy!


*gluten-free *dairy-free *vegetarian 


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  • Lori Lange

    I’ve missed you! Beautiful salad.

  • WithStyleGrace

    Ah, thank you so much Lori! Happy to be back 🙂

  • Kasey

    So glad to see you back here! I’ve been checking in regularly and hoping I’d see you back here soon. It’s tough to get back when you’ve been away, but I am glad you are finding comfort in this space. xoxo

  • twopeasandtheirpod

    Welcome back my friend! You are amazing! Love this salad and love you! xo

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    So happy to see you in your space again! And with a gorgeous recipe 🙂

  • Krystal

    So happy to see you again! Every day I check in and think of you. Big hugs and enjoy what your new normal brings 🙂

  • Kate Ramos

    So lovely to see your post pop up in my Bloglovin’ feed. This salad looks gorgeous, I can’t wait to read more!

  • Jennifer

    Good to see you back! That is a lot in a short period of time for life adjustments so we all understand. This looks like it will be a staple recipe for me. Have a good summer Lisa!

  • Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    You have been missed! So happy you are back and I am so excited about this yummy salad. Sending love your way!

  • Natalie

    So happy you are back. Thinking of you and your family often! Thanks for the perfect summer salad, I’ll be making this at the beach house this week!


  • Elizabeth

    Welcome back – Thank you so much for sharing this salad – its amazing

  • Kelsey O’Brien

    So glad you’re back and doing well!