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Quinoa Salad

Looking for a quick and healthy recipe? This Quinoa Salad is the perfect choice for you.

March 11, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 35 mins



  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer under cold water to remove the bitterness.
  2. Put 2 cups of hot water in the pot and bring it to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook on low heat until the water is absorbed.
  3. After the quinoa is cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  4. Allow the quinoa to cool to room temperature before adding it to the salad.
  5. Finely chop the onion, scallion, green pepper, arugula, and parsley. Cut the tomatoes into cubes.
  6. To make the sauce, mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  7. When the quinoa has cooled, add the vegetables, parsley, and arugula and mix all ingredients.
  8. Pour the salad dressing over it and stir the ingredients to combine.
  9. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve with pomegranate.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Quinoa Salad
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.4 g21%
Sodium 477 mg20.7%
Protein 6.9 g13.8%
Potassium 603 mg12.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Cook the quinoa properly. Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package. This will ensure it has the right texture and flavor.
  • Rinse the quinoa before cooking. Rinse quinoa before cooking to remove bitterness.
  • Let the quinoa cool before mixing it with the other ingredients. This will prevent the vegetables from wilting.
  • Use fresh herbs and spices like parsley, coriander, and basil.
  • You can add various vegetables, such as peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots, to the salad.
  • You can use ingredients like chicken, shrimp, or chickpeas to add protein to the salad.
  • You can use hazelnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds to add crunch to the salad.
  • You can use homemade or ready-made salad dressing. You can take a look at our ‘Easy Salad Dressing’ recipe to make salad dressing at home.
  • You can use a simple salad dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. You can also try other toppings such as balsamic vinaigrette, honey mustard, or avocado dressing.
  • Serve the quinoa salad chilled or at room temperature. After mixing all the ingredients, refrigerate the salad for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to come together.
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Quinoa salad is an easy-to-make meal that is packed with the essential nutrients your body needs. It is suitable for a gluten-free and vegan diet, this grain salad provides a source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This recipe can be customized with a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and sauces.

You can prepare the versatile quinoa salad as a nutritious, practical, and delicious lunch option or for dinner. Enjoy your meal.

How To Cook Quinoa for Salad?

For the salad, cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Here are the steps to cook quinoa for salad:

  • Rinse the quinoa. Rinse it under cold water. This will take away the bitterness of the quinoa.
  • Cook the quinoa. In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water. Let the quinoa simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the water is completely absorbed.
  • Fluff the quinoa. After the quinoa is cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  • Refrigerate the quinoa. Allow the quinoa to cool to room temperature before adding it to the salad.

Is Quinoa Salad Gluten-Free?

Yes, quinoa salad is gluten-free. Quinoa is a gluten-free grain. However, care should be taken that the ingredients used in the salad are also gluten-free. If you are using a ready-made salad dressing, make sure it is gluten-free.

What To Serve with Quinoa Salad?

Quinoa salad can be served as a main course or as a side dish. This salad recipe goes well with burgers or sandwiches. This vegetarian salad can be served with protein like grilled chicken, fish, or tofu for a healthy meal.

Here are some delicious recipes that you can serve with Quinoa Salad:

How To Store Quinoa Salad?

You can store the quinoa salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If your quinoa salad has dressing, it's best to store the salad and dressing separately until you're ready to eat them. This will prevent the salad from getting wet. Before serving the salad, combine the ingredients and dressing.

Can Quinoa Salad Be Frozen? It is not recommended to freeze quinoa salad. When frozen vegetables are thawed, their texture may change and become mushy. However, you can freeze cooked quinoa separately, thaw it in the refrigerator, and add it to the salad.

Freezing a quinoa salad can change its texture and taste. Therefore, it is best to consume this salad fresh or store it in the refrigerator for a few days.

Can Quinoa Salad Be Made Ahead? Yes. You can prepare this salad in advance. For this, pre-cook the quinoa and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can also pre-cut the vegetables and store them in the refrigerator. However, if you're adding ingredients like avocado, it's best to add the salad just before serving to prevent it from browning or wilting.

Take the quinoa out of the refrigerator before serving the salad. Chop the vegetables. Prepare the salad dressing. Combine ingredients in a bowl. Then serve it.

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