Honey Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad

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Honey Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad

My Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad is packed with protein and perfectly grilled veggies! 

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

Hello everyone!

When the weather heats up it is so nice to make a quick meal that doesn’t involve the oven.  Grilling is simple, delicious and perfect for this time of year.  If you are looking for a quick and easy vegetarian grilling idea to mix up your meal plan, you’ve got to try my Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad.  Believe it or not, this meal comes together in less than 15 minutes AND the colors alone make it totally swoon-worthy.

It’s also gluten-free, clean eating and I included a vegan substitute for the honey… if that’s how you roll.

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

Why you’ve love my Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad…

You do have to fire up one stove top burner to cook the quinoa, but other than that this quick and simple recipe is made on the grill.  I like to make the quinoa in the morning or the day before so I have it all ready.  It makes this meal a 15-minute wonder!

The quinoa is perfect in this plant-based meal because it has so many nutrients and even protein.

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

It’s time to spend some time outdoors, friends.

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

The veggie combination I used is fresh summer squash, zucchini, and red pepper.  I like this color combination but feel free to use any vegetables you get fresh this year.  You could easily add onion, mushrooms or even eggplant to your grilling pan.

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

The dressing has a light balsamic flavor with a touch of lemon and honey.   To finish off the dish I added some fresh lime basil from my garden, but once again use what you have.

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

My Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad is perfect for a light dinner and even more fantastic for lunch the next day.  You just might find yourself adding it to your summer meal rotation.  Give it a try and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

Balsamic honey grilled vegetable quinoa salad

Honey Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad

My Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad is packed with protein and perfectly grilled veggies!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Grilling, Italian
Servings 2 main


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1 zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 squash, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey *
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped


  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  • In a bowl, coat all the vegetables with the olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Pour into a grilling pan.
  • Grill vegetables over medium heat for 12-15 minutes. You want them to be tender, but still be somewhat crisp and not soggy.
  • Whisk the balsamic, honey and lemon together.  Mix the dressing with the cooked quinoa and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir in the grilled vegetables.
  • Serve hot or cold. Refrigerates well.


* For a vegan option use agave instead of honey!
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  5. [email protected] May 24, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Grilled veggies are always so delicious! Sounds great, Julie!

  6. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real May 24, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I love honey and balsamic on brussel sprouts but I’ve never thought to try it on other veggies. This looks amazing!

  7. Lisa Ballantyne May 24, 2018 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I’m a salad fanatic and this looks absolutely amazing! And I love balsamic dressings! Thank you for sharing! And a big LOL at Suzie up there–if she would like to share a recipe for grilled shoes, that would be a riot!

  8. Farrah June 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Yay! I love all the colors in this! Grilled veggies are awesome, and I’m always a fan of new quinoa recipes! :]

  9. Sarah June 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! I could eat grilled veggies all day every day in the summer!

    • JulieWunder June 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      I could too! One of my favorite parts of the season.

  10. Danyelle Musselman June 24, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

    This sounds SO good! I’m am huge fan of roasted veggies, and love quiona!

  11. Love all the colors! Grilled veggies are my favorite. Thanks for linking up!

  12. Jess @hellotofit June 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    This post has me wondering if our grill still works…it hasn’t been used since last spring (landlord’s old grill) and I think we were down to one burner.
    Your dish looks yummy, though! Love grilled vegetables in the summer.

  13. Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks June 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Love the way this looks! I feel like I whip up a version of this all the time. Especially with the fresh basil…

  14. Annette @ Sweating Through Life June 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I wish I had a grill!!!! Apartment living does not allow for that, so I’m going to keep enjoying your grilling pictures:) Look delish!

    • JulieWunder June 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Oh bummer! One day! Hopefully soon! You could easily roast these veggies in the oven. Try 400… check at 20 minutes.

  15. Jamie June 23, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

    You always have the most colorful salads! I love them!! Best thing to grill is lemon asparagus and tuna. Those are my two faves : ) Thanks for sharing another AWESOME recipe : ) !!

    • JulieWunder June 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I love color in my food. I love grilled tuna too!

  16. Annmarie June 23, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

    This looks delicious AND my kids would love it too! They are obsessed with quinoa and love grilled veggies! 🙂

  17. Andrea June 23, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I love quinoa but grilling is scary. Your photo just revealed what that weird looking pan in my cupboard is for- who knew! 🙂

    • JulieWunder June 23, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Haha! I have to be honest… the hubs does the grilling. You could also pop the veggies on a foil covered pan and put them in the oven. My guess is 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes until they are tender. I haven’t tested that time though, so I’d check it before then 🙂

  18. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie June 23, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Isn’t everything better grilled? Seriously.

  19. Susie @ SuzLyfe June 23, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I would eat my shoe if it was grilled, seriously. I love the smokiness and char!

  20. Blane Sherer June 23, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Colorful healthy vegies !

  21. Libby Haire June 23, 2015 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Wow, that is really colorful, Julie!!

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