Summer Quinoa Salad

Warning: if you put a speaker in your kitchen you might become really weird. Only in the best way, of course!

Growing up, my best friend’s parents always had a stereo playing music in their kitchen. That little stereo was eventually replaced by an iHome when we were in high school and recently by a bluetooth speaker. Clearly technology had advanced, but what’s never changed is the music or dancing. From sneaking our first drinks to snagging some of Mrs. Patty’s zucchini bread to belting Tiny Dancer to engagement celebrations – the presence of that stereo actually played a little part in it all.

You could (and still can!) always count on anything from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen to Zac Brown Band to Drake coming out of those speakers. Still to this day when I walk in their house I expect everyone to be gathered around the kitchen island with a beer while laughing and dancing.

When I moved into my own little apartment sans roommates I swore that I’d also have my own little speaker to make my own little memories in my mini kitchen. Clearly when I put a speaker in my kitchen I thought I would channel my friend’s childhood household, but I learned it really taught me it was also okay to be a weirdo by myself in my own kitchen.

(This post just took a turn, didn’t it?)

If you don’t live alone then you may not know the weird things you find yourself doing on a normal basis, like having full conversations with yourself, or, you know, giving yourself a concert and dance recital while you whip up something good.

I recently just saw a tweet that said “I give full TED Talks to an audience of me”, and I felt that. I really felt that.

Okay, you get it.

Although summer is on its way out, that doesn’t mean you can still make “summer-y” recipes until October. This is my take on a simple summer avocado salad rendition. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s light, and it masks itself as a side but you could definitely eat this as a full on meal. For a little added protein, add in slices of grilled or rotisserie chicken or tofu!! Enjoy!

Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes, Avocado, & Corn (Yields 4-6 Servings)

What you’ll need:

1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes
avocado, cubed
1 c. cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
Corn removed from 1 corn cob


  1. In a small pot, boil 1 cup water. Once brought to a boil pour in quinoa, reduce heat, and cover for 15 minutes until fully cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine avocado, tomatoes, onion, and corn. Once quinoa is fully cooked, add to the bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon, and salt/pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.
  4. Gently toss ingredients with dressing and serve!

Bon Appetit, y’all! Take care!


  1. Casey Hollowed
    September 10, 2018 / 8:18 am


  2. Lynn Tran
    September 10, 2018 / 10:29 pm


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