Easy Quinoa Salad

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This Easy Quinoa Salad is the BEST quinoa salad recipe! It is great for lunch, dinner, or the perfect side dish for potlucks and parties.

Easy Quinoa Salad

Best Quinoa Salad

Are you looking for a simple salad that you will absolutely LOVE? Yes, you can LOVE salad, if you don’t believe me, make this Easy Quinoa Salad. I guarantee you will love it. I make this quinoa salad almost every single week because it is that good and it is easy to throw together, especially if you have leftover quinoa in the fridge. I like to meal prep quinoa every weekend so I can easily toss this quinoa salad together! It is light, refreshing, and full of flavor. Plus, it is allergy-friendly making it a great salad for almost everyone!

Best Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa Salad Recipes

I love quinoa salads, a few of my favorites include:

I could eat a quinoa salad every single day and sometimes I do. Especially, this Easy Quinoa Salad. It is my go to when I am craving good, healthy food. It always hits the spot!

Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa Salad Ingredients

I REALLY love this easy quinoa salad because it is made with simple and fresh ingredients…and ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! YAY! You can whip this salad up at anytime.

So what’s in my favorite quinoa salad?

  • quinoa
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • avocado
  • green onion

The ingredients might seem super basic and that is because they are, but I promise you that’s a GOOD thing. We are bringing basic back! Oh, and there is also a rocking lemon dressing that takes about two seconds to whisk up that makes the salad the best quinoa salad ever. Don’t skip the easy dressing!

How to Cook Quinoa

Don’t be afraid of cooking quinoa, it is super easy to make. I love using quinoa because it is healthy, hearty, and a good source of protein. I like to make the quinoa in advance so the salad is easy to throw together. You can keep cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Here are my tips for cooking perfect quinoa every single time!

  • Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold water.Rinsing removes quinoa??™s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste soapy or bitter. Drain.
  • For one cup of quinoa, you need 2 cups of liquid, water or broth. Cooking the quinoa in broth will add more flavor, but water is fine too.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine water or broth, the rinsed quinoa, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, covered. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Serve!

Healthy Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad is vegan and gluten-free too! It makes a great healthy lunch, dinner, or side dish to any meal. I love taking this simple quinoa salad to potlucks and parties because everyone loves it and it only takes me minutes to make!

If you want to make the quinoa salad more of a main dish, you can add shredded chicken, chickpeas, or white beans.

This quinoa salad is best the day it is made, but I think the leftovers are good the next day too. The lemon in the dressing will keep the avocado from browning. If you want to meal prep the salad in advance, you can toss everything together except the avocado and the dressing. Add the avocado and dressing when ready to eat and the salad will be super fresh!

Make this quick and easy Quinoa Salad part of your weekly routine.  I know it is going to become a staple in your house, just like it is in ours. And I made a video to show you how easy it is!

Favorite Quinoa Salad Recipe

How to Make Quinoa Salad

Easy Quinoa Salad

This fresh and healthy quinoa salad makes a great lunch or dinner. It is also a great side dish to any meal.
4.5 from 10 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
6

Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups cold cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large avocado pitted, peeled, and chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. First, make the dressing. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, maple syrup or honey, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.
  3. Drizzle salad with dressing and gently stir until salad is coated with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 419mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1165IU23%
Vitamin C 15.3mg19%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. I have heard that you can prepare quinoa salad ahead of time and it will keep in the fridge for 5 days. I am wantIng to do this for my work lunches. Question I have is whether the dressing should still be put on during the initial prep or kept separate and put on in the mornings before leaving for work each day?

  2. Quinoa salad was tasty and easy to make. I loved the avocado, but I always say I will eat any salad as long as avocado is included. Although I like spinach, I’m not sure it is the right fit for this recipe. I’m going to try to omit the spinach and use flat leaf parsley or another leafy vegetable.

  3. What can I substitute for the golden balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar? I have apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or rice vinegar. Thanks!

  4. I am diabetic so tying to limit adding extra sugar. Would it still taste the same without any added sweetener.

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks for a great recipe! Super easy & delicious.  I substituted white wine vinegar for the golden balsamic…didn’t have golden balsamic or champagne vinegar.   Dressing tasted yummy!  Also, added 1 cup of garbanzo beans for more protein.  

  6. 5 stars
    I just made this salad and it taste DELICIOUS… I sub for the missing ingredients and added others….this dressing is the Bomb!
    Sara D

  7. 5 stars
    I found this looking for recipes I can eat on my elimination diet. I had the tri-colored quinoa, which is nuttier in flavor than just the white. Then, I replaced the tomatoes (because they are nightshades) with roasted golden beets. Also, I left out the dressing since I cannot have citrus or sweeteners, just used a little salt and pepper.

    I brought this to two separate functions in this past week and it was a hit at both! This is even more amazing considering everyone who tried it had never heard of quinoa.

    1. Thanks so much for your substitution idea of beets for tomatoes – was wondering what would work in place of the nightshades.

  8. 4 stars
    Total prep time more like 30 minutes. Not having all these vegetables already prepared, I needed 20 minutes to wash and chop the spinach, chop the cucumber, green onion and tomatoes, and halve, seed and chop the avocado. The remaining 10 minutes was close to enough to assemble the salad and mix the dressing. It’s a delightful dish!

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