Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad

I have this problem with saying no to buying things when they are on sale.

Whether it's a good sale or bad, I will somehow find a way to convince myself that it's worth buying because I'm saving money. (Although I'm not taking into consideration that I probably wouldn't buy that item normally...)

That's right. You can bet that I still have yet to find a place for that life sized green butterfly wall decor that I bought on the sale rack at Pier 1, or the ugly lamps that my neighbor was selling for a STEAL, and don't forget to mention a grey chair sitting in our living room with an unquestionable wet stain right on it...

But the worst part of my problems happens when I buy food that's on sale. Like when I saw a sign off the side of the road for a  huge box of tomatoes, let's say maybe 30 to count the size of baseballs, for 6 dollars.


Let me remind you our household is only 2 1/2...and one of those persons passionately hates tomatoes. (Hubbers.)

So by the time those tomatoes are gone I'm either going to have one heck of a stomach ache, or turn red and round like a tomato...I'm hoping for the latter.

Unless of coarse you want to come over and pick up some tomatoes? I'll do a free trade, maybe for a huge pillow? One that would most likely cover that stain...yuck.

But if whole tomatoes aren't your thing, maybe dicing them up and throwing them in a salad is. And if that's the case, consider your self lucky!


Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad


2 c. prepared quinoa

1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed

3 1/2 c. - 4c. diced tomatoes

2 c. spinach

1 c. packed basil


2 TB. balsamic vinegar

1 TB. olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic finely diced

zest of one small lemon

salt and pepper to taste

(parmesan cheese:optional)


1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and set aside. 

2. In a food processor, finely chop basil leaves and spinach. Set aside

3. In a large bowl add quinoa, beans, tomatoes, chopped greens, and dressing. Mix until combined, and add more salt and pepper to taste.

4. Set in fridge until ready to serve.


If you want, feel free to add parmesan cheese on top.

This would be a great side dish, main dish, or a healthy snack! I had it for lunch, and ate it on top of pita chips:


Now I've got to work on my other 'problem', which is making excessive messes in the kitchen...


Either that, or I've got to some how find someone willing to buy that stained chair...

Some idiot will buy it, right?