Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad

Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad
Although fall is officially here and the days are cooling, there is still plenty of zucchini around and I wanted to give summer one last hurrah with this zucchini and corn quinoa salad with a basil pesto dressing. This salad is as easy as it sounds with the quinoa, sautéed zucchini and corn, the basil pesto dressing and I like to add some chickpeas to fill it out a bit along with some green onions and toasted pine nuts as garnish. Really all you need to do is cook the quinoa, zucchini and corn and mix everything and you are done! This pesto zucchini and corn quinoa salad makes for a great side or even a light meal and it's sure to brighten your day!

Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad

Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad
Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad

Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6

A light zucchini and corn quinoa salad in a bright lemon-y basil pesto dressing.

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups water or broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups zucchini (~2 medium sized zucchini), diced
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans, from 1/2 cup dry)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Bring the water and quinoa to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed the water, about 15 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the zucchini and corn, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the zucchini and corn and cook until tender, about 12 minutes, before removing from heat and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix everything and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: Calories 334, Fat 17.5g (Saturated 2.6g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 142mg, Carbs 35.1g (Fiber 6.9g, Sugars 4g), Protein 11.9g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


Jeanette said...

I love this Kevin - was just at the farmer's market yesterday and grabbing every last bit of summer I could!

Kevin Lynch said...

Jeanette: I was doing the same!

Joanne said...

This is my kind of salad! I'm headed to the farmer's market this weekend, and I'm sure there will still be zucchini aplenty!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

It's still a zucchini party here in Sicily! No fall in sight. DEF trying this.

Maria said...

Love this salad!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

fabulous salad Kevin!!!

Heather Christo said...

This makes me happy, like there is still a hint of summer left!! YUM!

ami@naivecookcooks said...

Kevin love to see all these fresh colors amid all things fall!! Beautiful looking salad!

Tashiana said...

The freshness of this is incredible! Makes me nostalgic for summer too <3

Matt Vekakis said...

This. looks. DELICIOUS!

Jess said...

i LOVE pesto and this looks so deliciously healthy!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

Love all the colors in this dish!!

Katya | Little Broken said...

Kevin: this looks so delicious and pretty! I feel like I haven't had zucchini in so long since east coast has been in fall mode for a while now.

Jenny said...

This is such a great salad! Love these flavors!

Gaby said...

This sounds like a wonderful fall meal!

Mimsie said...

Can't wait to try this.

Gaby said...

This is my kind of salad!

Sadie said...

This was dinner tonight. Main dish. Everyone loved it. So glad I found you on Instagram!

BBMChannel C00219980 said...

This is a lovely recipe, I love to learn and try out new recipe too, also have a food channel, u could check out my country's recipe too, am glad I found ur site

Jeni said...

Lots of great flavors and colors in this salad! So excited to try it!

Jodee Weiland said...

This dish looks so delicious! I love the idea of corn and zucchini together with quinoa and pesto...sounds great to me. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Marissa said...

This is my favorite kind of salad - where there is such a variety of flavor and texture that every bite tastes slightly different (but equally delicious).

Cleone said...

I made this meal tonight and it was fantastic!
Thank you so much!

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