Sweet, savory, and super refreshing, this Watermelon Basil Quinoa Salad is the ultimate summer recipe!
Originally published on July 18, 2016. Most recently updated on April 25, 2019.
This Watermelon Basil Quinoa Salad was inspired by a wonderful meal I ate while on vacation one summer.
My husband and I love taking road trips. While we were still living in California, we spent a long weekend driving through the San Joaquin Valley.
Although the valley is probably not the most exciting part of California, there was a lot to see. Especially since we love good, old-fashioned Americana and delicious food!
We first drove to Sacramento, and then traveled to Bakersfield the next day, before heading home the following day. Along the way, we tried some truly yummy food, including an amazing Watermelon Basil Salad that inspired this dish!
Watermelon Basil Quinoa Salad
As we pulled into Bakersfield late in the evening, we were worried there wouldn’t be much to eat. Of course, we were starving, so we were excited to find Eureka restaurant, a somewhat random choice, open. We hoped for the best.
We shouldn’t have worried, because the food was wonderful! I had the Watermelon Salad and fell in love at first bite. The sweet, savory, and refreshing flavors were the perfect thing after a long, hot day on the road.
As soon as I got home from our trip, I had to recreate that Watermelon Basil Salad.
This Watermelon Basil Quinoa Salad is my version of that light, refreshing salad. It’s become one of my all-time favorite recipes … and I know you’re going to love it, too!
Watermelon Salad Ingredients
The fresh, creative flavors of the Watermelon Quinoa Salad are perfect for hot summer days!
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Vegetable Broth
- Garbanzo Beans
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
I know the ingredients sound a little strange, but trust me, they work so well together!
How to Make Watermelon Basil Quinoa Salad
So let’s talk about how to make this Watermelon Basil Salad … it couldn’t be easier!
You’re going to start by cooking the quinoa in the vegetable broth until tender. If you’re unfamiliar with quinoa, check out my guide on how to cook quinoa. It has lots of helpful tips.
While the quinoa cools, prep the other ingredients. (By the way, this recipe would be a great way to use up leftover quinoa, if you have any.)
Once the quinoa has cooled, you’ll mix it together with the tomatoes, feta, garbanzo beans, watermelon, and basil.
The finishing touch is a light lemon-olive oil dressing that brings everything together. I love how colorful this recipe is and how bright the flavors are.
This Watermelon Quinoa Salad is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. And it makes a crave-worthy side dish, too … perfect for any summer BBQ or party.
Give this recipe a try tonight … I just know you’re going to love it!
Watermelon Basil Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
- 4 ounces feta, diced
- 1 (15-oounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 medium watermelon, diced
- 10 large basil leaves, chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cook quinoa in broth according to package directions. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- After quinoa has cooled, transfer it to a large bowl.
- Add the tomatoes, feta, garbanzo beans, watermelon, and basil to the quinoa. Toss well to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Pour lemon vinaigrette over the quinoa mixture and toss to coat.
- Taste and adjust salt and pepper, if necessary.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Loved this Watermelon Basil Salad?
If you enjoyed this delicious salad, try some of my other watermelon recipes, too!
And check out my other quinoa recipes, too!
Do you enjoy road trips, too? What is your favorite place that you’ve traveled?
P.S. Check out my Road Trip Essentials!