Pizza Quinoa Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 5
 
An easy make-ahead salad using cooked quinoa, pizza toppings, and a zesty Italian salad dressing.
Ingredients
Zesty Italian Dressing Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon red peppers flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Salad Ingredients:
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 3.8 ounces can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup mini pepperoni slices
Directions
  1. To make the Zesty Italian Dressing, combine the oil, vinegar, water, sugar, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, basil, red pepper flakes, and pepper in a small cruet or lidded container. Shake well to mix.
  2. To make the salad, add the quinoa, tomatoes, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, bell pepper, onion, olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Toss to coat.
Notes
Either cover and store the salad in the large bowl or divide the salad between 5 lidded containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Recipe by Premeditated Leftovers™ at https://premeditatedleftovers.com/pizza-quinoa-salad/