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

Roasted Carrots and Red Quinoa

Rating: 3.5 stars 44
Shiro miso, a Japanese soybean-rice paste, imparts a salty-sweet note to this substantial salad.

Quinoa-and-Spinach Pilaf

Rating: 3.5 stars 175
This quick-cooking, whole-grain side is good with beef short ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers.

Quinoa and Green Bean Salad

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

Warm Quinoa and Chicken Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 13
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."

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.

Quinoa-and-Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

Rating: 3.5 stars 203
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 Salad with Zucchini, Mint, and Pistachios

Rating: 3.5 stars 167
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.

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.

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds

Rating: 3.5 stars 90
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 and Cucumber Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 108
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."

Warm Quinoa, Spinach, and Shiitake Salad

The quinoa adds protein as well as a chewy texture to this meatless main dish. The heat of the cooked quinoa and mushrooms helps wilt the spinach; the dressing and feta pull this warm salad together.

Toasted-Quinoa Saute with Lemony Cabbage and Dill

Rating: 3.5 stars 74
Sauteing cabbage for a protein-rich quinoa dish turns it tender, not watery.

Inspiration and Ideas

Parsley-Whole Grain Salad
For a heartier meal, pair this salad with grilled shrimp and chunks of feta.
Crispy Grain Salad with Peas and Mint
Flash-frying steamed quinoa and millet accentuates the nutty flavor of both grains and adds a satisfying crunch to this spring salad.
How to Make a Burrito Bowl

Our formula dials back on grains and scales up on lean protein and fresh produce. Too often, burrito bowls lean heavily on carbs--as much as 1 cup of rice in a serving. But just a few tweaks help this dish strike a better balance.