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Grilled Corn, Tomato and Feta Quinoa Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette


Grilled Corn, Tomato and Feta Quinoa Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

I have been thinking to make quinoa salad for a while now. The health benefits of this gluten-free ancient grain are spectacular. Red quinoa makes a beautiful main-dish salad, but you can use whichever color you’d like. I decided to use corn and heirloom cherry tomatoes to go with my quinoa salad. The corn is so good right now and I just love the sweetness of cherry tomatoes in my salads. I added one roasted poblano pepper just for a little bit of heat and extra flavor. The citrus vinaigrette that I am using is quite simple, but it brings up the flavors in salad and it’s a combination of fresh orange and lime juice with a little of Dijon mustard, fresh ginger and a touch of agave nectar. I finished this salad with some feta cheese, almonds and fresh basil and cilantro. It’s a perfect side dish to go with a grilled chicken or as a main course for lunch or light dinner.

Grilled Corn, Tomato and Feta Quinoa Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa
  • 2 ears grilled sweet corn, kernels removed from cob
  • 1 roasted poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • Salt, black pepper to taste

Citrus vinaigrette:

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Salt, black pepper to taste


  1. Place the corn and poblano pepper on a hot grill. Here you can find the instructions on how to grill corn. Grill poblano pepper turning occasionally until black and charred. Remove the black skin on the pepper, and dice.
  2. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and a pinch of salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, sweet corn, poblano pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onions, basil and cilantro.
  4. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all the citrus vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and stir until mixed well. Taste salad and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Sprinkle with feta cheese and almonds. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    Bonnie Eng
    June 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Yum looks so healthy…love the ginger addition in the dressing!

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      June 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Bonnie! I thought that ginger would be a good addition to add a little kick to the dressing:) thanks for stopping by:)

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    June 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    […] something different, we have Ocean View Kitchen’s Grilled corn, tomato and feta quinoa salad with citrus vinaigrette. We’ve gone through quinoa phases, but they’ve never really lasted. i suspect […]

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    A Home Cook
    June 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This looks so delicious. I’m saving it now for next summer.

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    June 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing Olga! I am ready to eat some right now! 🙂

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    Traditionally Modern Food
    June 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Yummy healthy quinoa salad

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    July 1, 2014 at 6:44 am

    your salad looks wonderful, never used to like quinoa, but I had a similar salad at a restaurant and absolutely loved it, thanks for sharing your recipe, pinned!

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      July 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Lily! Quinoa doesn’t have a lot of taste so the key is to add some yummy ingredients! Hope you will try, it was quite tasty:)

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    July 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This salad looks fresh and inviting. I have fallen in love with quinoa recently and could do with your awesome recipe 👍

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      July 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks! I like the texture and the nutty flavor of the quinoa. It was really good salad:)

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    July 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Love this salad! The very essence of summer. Perfection!

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    July 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    What’s not to love when this contains all my favourite ingredients!

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    July 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Looks refreshing & beautiful Olga!

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    Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook
    July 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Oh gosh, such pretty colors and another perfect dish for summer, how do you do it? 🙂 I want a big bite, and it’s healthy too- it’s a keeper 🙂

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      July 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it’s defiantly a keeper:) I probably will be making it again this weekend:)

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    July 7, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Love the grilled corn idea and feta cheese in my books just makes any dish even better 😉

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