This Healthy Basil Lime Quinoa Salad Recipe is the perfect summer side dish. Great for bringing to picnics, meal prepping, or a healthy snack! Thank you Village Harvest for sponsoring this post. Every day Village Harvest is planting seeds of change and growing possibilities, one bag of goodness at a time. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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I have a confession to make: I hate picnic food. I briefly wrote about this in this Honey Thyme Balsamic Grilled Chicken, but I’m going to say it again. It’s really NOT my favorite thing, and I’ll tell you why. It’s SO darn unhealthy, and really for no reason. The first thing that drives me crazy is that everything is coated in mayo. Potatoes, pasta, burgers, even veggies. People throw mayo on basically anything and think it’s suddenly a great side dish to share with friends… Uh, no. Then there are the people who just make random things that are left on the table as mystery food. You know exactly what I’m talking about.. there’s always that one questionable bowl of food that leaves you scratching your head. And as if all of this wasn’t bad enough, then it sits outside and bakes in the sun until it’s warm and yucky.
I’m not trying to be a Debbie downer, but picnic food needs a makeover.
When I go to picnics I try to compensate for the random dishes by bringing something easy, tasty and light. Summer grain salads are one of my favorite ways to do this! I like to use light, fresh ingredients that are native to summer time like tomatoes, corn, and fresh herbs. There are only a few months out of the year that we can get these yummy things locally in CT – so I enjoy making the most of it and using them all up! In the past, I’ve used plain quinoa as the base for a healthy side dish, but once I tried Village Harvest Organic Ancient Grain Blend I fell in love with the added texture + health benefits it added to a dish.
The mix of millet, quinoa, and buckwheat in this blend is really hearty, making it perfect for adding on a delicious dressing. The grains are able to absorb some of the flavor without getting the slightest bit soggy (another picnic pet peeve of mine). The combo of the dressing + the sweet corn/cherry tomatoes is seriously OUT of this world. Tyler and I were eating this by the spoonful after I took these photos, and then the next day after lunch. I think you guys are going to love it! (And you picnic guests will love it too, I promise!)
Healthy Basil Lime Quinoa Salad
- In a pan, cook Village Harvest Ancient Grain Blend per directions. Once thoroughly cooked, allow it to cool.
- In a separate bowl, mix together olive oil, lime juice + zest, salt, pepper.
- Once cooled, stir in olive oil/lime juice mixture, corn, cherry tomatoes + fresh basil. Serve and enjoy!
My favorite is the Ancient Grain Blend, but Village Harvest also has an Organic Antioxidant Blend and Organic Protein Blend which would also go great in this recipe. In addition to making grain blends that are PACKED with all the nutrients, fiber + protein – Village Harvest has pledged 1% of their profits to run programs that give back to the farmers and local communities from which they source their products. This just makes me love their blends even more! If you want to try one of the Organic Benefit Blends, you can get them right on the Village Harvest Online Shop, or just fill out a product request form so you can get it in a store near you.
As they say on their packaging, ‘Something Better Starts Here’. This is the start of better picnic food, I can feel it friends! I hope you give this a try the next time you need to bring a healthy side dish to a gathering.
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You can view the nutrition facts for this recipe here.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.