Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini Salad

A hearty mixture of quinoa, roasted eggplant, zucchini and red peppers, this generous salad is a meal in a bowl. This Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad is perfect as a side dish or as the main course.
A bowl of Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad next to a bowl of orange and yellow peppers and a measuring spoon on quinoa

What is it about quinoa that we love so much?  Is it the taste?  Is it the way it’s so easy to add fiber and nutrition to our diets?  Is it because quinoa is like a blank canvas, which allows us to easily add so many of our favorite ingredients to?

For me, I think it’s all of the above.  I confess, when quinoa first appeared on the food stage, I heartily jumped on board.  I started off slowly, replacing rice and pasta with quinoa in recipes such as this Quinoa, Lentil and Black Bean Burrito Bowl.  After I began using quinoa, I noticed how adaptable it was in so many recipes.  My family loved it in my Black Bean Burritos and I even baked it in a casserole with spinach, red peppers and cheese.  So many options!

A overhead closeup of a bowl of Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

I start off with oven roasted vegetables – a tray of diced eggplant, zucchini, red peppers and garlic which are topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a simple pinch of salt and pepper.  Flavors come alive when vegetables are roasted in the oven.  The exteriors caramelize while the insides soften and the aroma that will fill your kitchen is incredible.

After the vegetables have cooked and cooled, I add them to my already cooked quinoa.  The vegetables add a pretty splash of color and flavor.  For the dressing, I use a simple blend of champagne vinegar, olive oil, dried tarragon, salt and pepper whisked together and then added to the quinoa.

A bowl of Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad next to a bowl of orange and yellow peppers and a measuring spoon on quinoa

Serve this quinoa salad as a side dish or as the main course.  It goes nicely with fish or chicken and feel free to switch up the vegetables. Add your favorites instead of the ones I used, this is a recipe that’s totally adaptable to your tastes.

If you’re serving wine, a light sauvignon blanc or pinot noir would go very well.

A hearty mixture of quinoa and roasted vegetables, this generous salad is a meal in a bowl. This Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad is perfect as a side dish or as the main course.
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5 from 1 vote

Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini Salad

A hearty mixture of quinoa, roasted eggplant, zucchini and red peppers, this generous salad is a meal in a bowl. This Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad is perfect as a side dish or as the main course.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa , well rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium eggplant , cubed
  • 1 medium zucchini , cubed
  • 1 red pepper , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces feta

VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

  • Put the rinsed quinoa, salt and water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer gently until the quinoa absorbs all the water, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the eggplant, zucchini, red pepper and garlic in a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and toss to coat well.
  • Pour onto a large baking sheet and roast for 15 - 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the oven and cool.
  • Place the cooked quinoa into a large bowl. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, dried tarragon, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the quinoa and mix well. Add the roasted vegetables to the bowl and gently mix them in. Top with crumbled feta cheese.

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42 thoughts on “Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini Salad”

  1. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    I do not make quinoa nearly enough! I just loved the roasted veggies in this dish! πŸ™‚

  2. I may just have to make this today:) quinoa saved my phone yesterday after dropping it in water, so I feel I need to use it in dinner today somehow as a thank you lol!

    1. That’s good to know. I’ve put my phone in rice when I’ve gotten it wet. I’m glad to know quinoa will work too. Thanks, Bethany!

  3. Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits

    5 stars
    Ow wow, that’s a great looking salad and it’s gluten free too! I do love quinoa, it makes a nice change for me from rice salads.

  4. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    This sounds great! I have to admit that I’ve never really tried quinoa. I use quinoa flour sometimes in chocolate goodies (because cocoa covers up the quinoa taste!) but maybe I’ll like it if it’s mixed in with other stuff, like your caramelized veggies. πŸ™‚

  5. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Great way to describe quinoa: as the blank canvas! I totally agree! This looks amazing and it would be perfect as part of any meatless meal! Your vinaigrette sounds fab!

  6. Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    What a delicious and healthy meal! I love eggplant but need to find better ways to eat it, so this is perfect πŸ™‚

  7. My favorite veggies are eggplant and zucchini so I will definitely have to try this. I haven’t been a big fan of quinoa but this looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love love love roasted veggies! I’ve never thought of mixing them with quinoa before and now I must try it! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    this made my mouth water just looking at it!! I love anything with roasted veggies, especially eggplant! thanks for sharing!

  10. We’re crazy about quinoa in this house, especially when it’s mixed with roasted or grilled veggies. Your salad makes me want to run to the kitchen to make this!

  11. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    I love love love roasted zucchini and eggplant! This dish looks light, healthy and refreshing! I need to get to the grocery store asap so I can start roasting some veggies!!

  12. One of my friends just told me about a dish like this she loves at a restaurant. I’m sharing this recipe with her.

  13. My family has been slow to really like quinoa. It has taken a lot of experimenting to find recipes they really like with it. I think this is one they would love.

    1. The quinoa taste is really mild in this recipe because of the eggplant and sweet pepper and feta. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Christie!

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