2 cups water
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 6- or 8-ounce package baked smoked tofu diced
1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1. Bring water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Spread the quinoa on a baking sheet to cool for 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cooled quinoa, tofu, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint; toss well to combine.