Quinoa Salad Recipes

Hosting a boost of vitamins, protein, and fiber, quinoa is the perfect superfood to add to your diet. Add chicken, green veggies, extra grains, and more to these healthy and tasty quinoa salad recipes!

Staff Picks

Quinoa-and-Spinach Pilaf

Rating: 3.49 stars
This quick-cooking, whole-grain side is good with beef short ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers.

Roasted Carrots and Red Quinoa

Rating: 3.66 stars
Shiro miso, a Japanese soybean-rice paste, imparts a salty-sweet note to this substantial salad.

Quinoa and Green Bean Salad

Parsley spruces up this side salad of protein-rich quinoa and crunchy green beans.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Everything you love about the Mediterranean salad—salty feta, briny olives, juicy tomatoes, and crisp cucumbers—but heartier, thanks to the addition of nutty quinoa.

Warm Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Rating: 3.62 stars
Quick-cooking quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with protein, iron, and fiber. It is also the foundation for a main-course salad with chicken and springy vegetables. This one-pan recipe comes from our book "One Pot."

Quinoa Salad with Zucchini, Mint, and Pistachios

Rating: 3.47 stars
Everyone will love the combination of flavors and textures in this vegan quinoa salad: garlicky sauteed zucchini, delicate scallions, crunchy roasted pistachios, and fragrant fresh mint.

Quinoa-and-Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

Rating: 3.6 stars
As a side dish for supper or a main course for lunch, this salad gets its fresh taste and pretty color from curry powder and mint.

Quinoa and Cucumber Salad

Rating: 3.63 stars
This nutritious, easy-to-make Quinoa and Cucumber Salad makes a smart side dish or a light entree. The recipe comes from "Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast."

Quick Five-Grain Salad

Rating: 3.1 stars
Quinoa cooks up light and fluffy in minutes (it's done when the telltale curlicue wisp unfurls). This Quick Five-Grain Salad's subtle flavor comes through whether served hot, cold, or at room temperature. It can stand in for couscous in most recipes.

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds

Rating: 3.3 stars
Quinoa has a wonderful nutty flavor; here it is blended in a salad with toasted almonds, bell pepper, zucchini, celery, and a lime is squeezed on top.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a grain- and vegetable-based salad traditionally made with bulgur wheat. In this recipe, quinoa is first toasted to deepen its flavor, then cooked by the absorption method and combined with herbs and vegetables.

Fall-Vegetable and Quinoa Hash with Poached Eggs

Tender, nutty quinoa makes for a hearty hash when pressed with vegetables. Top each helping with a poached egg and you've got brunch.

Inspiration and Ideas

Hearty Quinoa Salad Recipes You Can Feel Great About Eating
Packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber, quinoa is a superfood that's easy to love—especially when it's paired with fresh vegetables. These quinoa salads are sure to satisfy for lunch or dinner.
Detox-Friendly Lunch Recipes
During a detox, it's important to have a solid, healthy meal for lunch. Get inspired by any of the following recipes.

Shaved Brussels Sprout, Meyer Lemon, and Quinoa Salad

Shaved brussels sprouts heat up and sparkle with dried chile and Meyer-lemon juice. Quinoa and walnuts make the salad a super-satisfying lunch.