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Summer Quinoa Bowls with Grilled Salmon and Basil Vinaigrette

Summer Quinoa Bowls with Grilled Salmon and Basil Vinaigrette

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Ready in 40 minutes
Makes 4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 (6- to 8-oz) skinless salmon filets
  • 2 ears sweet corn, shucked
  • 1 dry pint cherry tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced (or cubed)

Basil Vinaigrette

  • 2 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


1. Combine the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover the saucepan with a lid, and cook for 14 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. Let the quinoa rest, covered, for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
2. Whip up your basil vinaigrette. Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a blender or food processor, and blend until well combined. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Continue blending until very smooth. Taste and add a little more salt and pepper if necessary. Transfer to a bowl or serving vessel and refrigerate until ready to use. (You’ll have about 1 cup vinaigrette)
3. Pre-heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
4. Meanwhile, prepare the salmon, corn, and tomatoes. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels. Brush both sides of each filet with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Brush the corn all over with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Thread the cherry tomatoes onto metal or bamboo skewers. Brush lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
5. Time to grill!
6. To grill the corn: Place the shucked corn directly on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally until the kernels are a vibrant yellow and charred in places. Let cool slightly, then use a sharp knife to slice the kernels from the cob.
7. To grill the salmon: Place the salmon on the grill, skinned side up, and cook for about 4 minutes. Carefully turn the filets and cook for 4-5 minutes more, until cooked through and easily flaked with a fork.
8. To grill the tomatoes: Place the tomato skewers on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes, turning every minute or so, until the tomatoes are softened slightly and charred in spots.
9. Assemble your bowls. Divide to the quinoa among 4 bowls. Add a salmon filet and one quarter each of the corn, tomatoes, and avocado to each bowl. Serve the bowls drizzled with plenty of basil vinaigrette.


1. If using bamboo skewers for the tomatoes, be sure to soak your skewers in a baking dish filled with water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from catching fire on the grill.
2. If you like, mix 1/3-1/2 cup of the basil vinaigrette with the quinoa before serving.
Recipe by Serena Wolf of