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

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-and-Spinach Pilaf

Rating: 3.49 stars
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.

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.

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 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 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."

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.

Quick Five-Grain Salad

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.

Marinated Chickpeas with Quinoa and Dandelion Greens

There's no meat but plenty of protein in this Mediterranean-style salad, thanks to the chickpeas and quinoa.

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.

Quick Vegetarian Main Course Recipes

Whip up an easy, satisfying vegetarian meal any day of the week, including chili, pizza, enchiladas, tacos, frittatas, stir-fry, and pasta for every season.

Mixed Grain and Herb Salad

This side dish is packed with whole grains and fresh herbs. Serve it alongside roasted chicken or Seared Fish with Beets and Broccoli.