Bacon Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Bacon Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing and Queso Fresco cheese | savoringsimple.comWhew! Man it’s been a while—almost a month! But I have good reason: Sam and I bought a house! And it’s…. a piece of work, to put it bluntly.  We’ve been up to our hairlines, literally, in paint, spackle, sawdust, and lots of spiders that I’m learning to squeal about a little less every time I find them crawling down a wall. 😭

This has been our life since April 7-dead spiders and lots of showers, in a nutshell. It’s worth it, though, because it’s ours and we are slowly but surely making it exactly how we want it.  Slowly. So slowly.

This Bacon Quinoa Salad is super versatile, healthy, and naturally GF and DF. Plus, who doesn't love a salad with bacon in it? | savoringsimple.comLemon Dijon dressing for a Bacon Quinoa Salad |

But then when my Dad put in the new cabinets he built two days ago, I got chills thinking about all the memories and and good times and oh my goodness, new recipes that are going to be made in that kitchen. You guys-the FOOD. I can’t wait!

Also did you catch that? My Dad’s making me kitchen cabinets. Coolest. Dad. Ever. !!!!

Today’s recipe is something Sam and I have been subsisting off of this whole month—a Bacon Quinoa Salad that’s got all the flavors and nutrients of a full meal in one easy convenient bowl, because while I spend almost 60 hours a week in the new house, nothing about the kitchen is even remotely functional and all the food has to be brought in every day and stored in the fridge, a.k.a. the only place in the house that’s safe from dust. And spiders.

This recipe is from a guest post I did for Erren’s KitchenErren is this incredible food blogger who I’ve looked up to for quite some time, and I was thrilled when she asked me to post on her blog.  Be sure to check out her site-she takes the most amazing photos and all of her recipes will have you drooling! I’m especially fond of her Ultimate Chocolate Cake….because words like ‘ultimate’ should definitely be paired with something like ‘chocolate’, like, always.

Head on over to Erren’s Kitchen to get the full Bacon Quinoa Salad recipe to go with this Lemon Dijon Dressing!

Bacon + Queso Fresco cheese make this Bacon Quinoa Salad drool worthy enough to be a full meal! |

Until next time, when I plan to bring pictures of the house…enjoy the warmer weather and a glass of red wine with your Bacon Quinoa Salad!

Lemon Dijon Dressing

*Head on over to Erren’s Kitchen for the Bacon Quinoa Salad recipe*

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Lemon Dijon Dressing
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 t. honey
  • 2 t. Dijon mustard
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Keep the salad and the dressing separate until ready to serve.
  2. When you are ready to serve, toss the cooled quinoa with the rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and slowly add in the dressing, adding more or less depending on taste. Serve the salad with extra cheese and remaining salad dressing.

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An alternative title to this post could be “What I ate for Lunch yesterday When I Didn’t Want to Cook.”
It would be wordy, Google’s spiders would hate it, and it would be less than inspiring for all you foodies out there. But it would also be true.
I made this Lemony Chicken Quinoa Bowl yesterday, but only after also making chocolate chip cookies, several batches of homemade curry, some chili, a new meatball recipe, and three salads to bring to work the next couple of days. So when I say I didn’t want to cook, it was because I was cooked out.

We’ve all been there, yes? Hump day hits and we’re all like just get me to Friday and we’ll call it success.

I honestly considered skipping lunch–which is a BIG no-no, but after I flopped down on my couch for .2 seconds, I wasn’t sure if there would be any more re-occurrences of me walking…ever. It’s just not worth it, sometimes.

But then I looked in my fridge. And Leftover Lunch (seems appropriate to use caps here) became OMG let’s have this for dinner, too. And lunch tomorrow. And lots of packed lunches in the forever future.

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