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Quinoa Salad


1 cup
quinoa (dry)
2 cups
water or low-sodium vegetable broth
large carrots, peeled and diced
large celery stalks, diced
large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
green onions, sliced
3 Tablespoons
minced parsley
1⁄2 cup
rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons
1 Tablespoon
vegetable oil
2 cloves
garlic, finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh wire strainer under running water for 1 minute.
  2. Bring the water or broth and quinoa to a boil in a 2-3 quart saucepan. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Refrigerate until cool.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all the vegetables in a salad bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Add to the vegetables.
  5. Add quinoa and stir gently to combine.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
Photo of Quinoa Salad
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes: 6 cups
Nutrition Facts: View Label
Last updated: 05/09/20

6 Comments for "Quinoa Salad"

This salad is so colorful and tasty! It is easy to make ahead and pack for lunch during the week. I cooked the quinoa in low sodium vegetable broth which added a lot of flavor. I also had fresh cilantro on hand so I used that instead of parsley.  I really like the tart flavor of this salad, but if you aren't a fan of vinegar start with half the amount and add more to taste.

This is a wonderful recipe!!  My family loves it as do guests...we make it often!  And it makes great leftovers.

This is a great recipe IF you cut the amount of vinegar in half!  I made it just like the recipe calls for, and it was waaaaay to liquidy & tart.  I used half the amount the next time and it was perfect!

This is a great recipe if you are already a quinoa fan. We sampled this at a food bank and it wasn't their favorite. Many of the folks at one of our sites have a lot of dental issues so the really firm fresh carrots, celery, and peppers were a source of complaint. You can partially steam them ahead of time to make them softer. I make a similar salad at home and add fresh mango and black beans to the recipe and it is a family favorite.

This is one of my favorite recipes on this site. It is oh so good and healthy!

I really liked this salad.