The summer heat is finally here. Living in Los Angeles, the summer heat doesn’t get that bad, but when it does, it’s just yuck. N and I went to a potluck barbecue yesterday, and I did not want to bring anything hot or anything that was supposed to be grilled. I wanted something cool and also healthy (since the other people at the potluck were rsvping “I’ll bring dessert! Booze! Chips!”), so I volunteered a side dish.
Rather than a pasta salad, I opted for a cool quinoa salad. I usually eat quinoa warm, but room temperature or chilled quinoa is just as good (if not better!). To give it a kick, I added a curry vinaigrette. This is a pretty versatile salad, so feel free to swap out the garbanzo beans and squash for whatever you have in your house.