How to Make a Quinoa Salad

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Jan. 06, 2014

Quinoa is a great source of protein for vegetarians and still satisfying enough for meat lovers. This delicious and super-healthy salad makes for the perfect lunch or even a nice side dish for your next dinner.


Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
Quinoa 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Chicken stock/Vegetable stock 1 3/4 Cup (28 tbs)
Red onion 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , thinly sliced
Grape tomato 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , halved
Cucumber 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , chopped
For dressing
Lemon 1 , zested and juiced
Extra virgin olive oil 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Salt and pepper To Taste
Fresh basil 1 Tablespoon , chopped
Fresh parsley 2 Tablespoon , chopped



1. Place a large pan over medium-high flame, heat olive oil and toast quinoa for 2 minutes.

2. Slowly stir in the chicken or vegetable stock and bring back to a boil. Place a lid over top of the pan, turn the heat to medium-low and simmer the quinoa for 12-15 minutes or until tender.

For Dressing:

3. In a large bowl, combine lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk in extra virgin olive oil.

4. Add fresh basil, parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.


5. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, red onion, grape tomatoes, cucumber and the dressing. Toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning of salt and pepper.


6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 244Calories from Fat 159

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 17 g26.2%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 82 mg3.42%

Total Carbohydrates 17 g5.7%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 4 g8%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet