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Basil Quinoa Summer Cookout Salad

quinoa salad with basil

For impromptu summer picnics and cook-outs, easy, quick salads are key. Just prepare a base of quinoa, orzo, or wild rice, toss in seasonal vegetables, herbs, and a splash of olive oil, and voila!

These salads are completely versatile, healthy, inexpensive and are good travelers on buses and bikes. Could you ask for anything more? (Oh, they also keep well in the fridge in the unlikely case that you have leftovers.)

Here's one take on a quinoa salad that rings in the summer days with handfuls of fresh basil, sweet red pepper and crunchy cucumber. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

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