Easy Recipe: Hearty Veggie Quinoa Salad

I’m a carbaholic. Now that I eat clean, I don’t miss the bagels, but still long for grains. Though whole-wheat pasta is more nutrient dense than the white stuff, my waist seldom forgives me after a big bowl. In trying many different brands, shapes and kinds of grains, I opted to experiment with quinoa. The taste is nuttier and the texture is softer than most pastas. It’s also packed with protein and I feel great after eating a plateful.

Now that the warm weather is upon us, this quinoa salad will be a staple for my backyard barbecues or fancy luncheons. It has only a few ingredients and takes just five minutes to prepare (after the quinoa has been cooked.) Hearty Veggie Quinoa Salad
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This vegan/vegetarian quinoa salad can be used as a side dish or as its own meal.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • 1-pint container of organic cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pepper (orange, yellow or green)
  • ½ cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup of garbanzo beans
  • *1/2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt (to taste)
  • *3 tbsps. lemon juice (I prefer fresh)
  • *1 tbsp. crushed red pepper (to taste)
  1. Add quinoa to boiling water for 10-minutes (typically 1.5 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa)
  2. Chop cherry tomatoes in half (if they are too big)
  3. Cut pepper into small pieces
  4. Pour garbanzo beans in a bowl with tomatoes and pepper
  5. Once quinoa is ready, let it cool for 10-minutes, then add to bowl of ingredients and stir
  6. Add cilantro
  7. *Optional ingredients - season to taste
*These are all optional, but add zest to the salad. Add lemon, Himalayan sea salt and crushed red pepper to your liking. (For non-Vegan eaters, ½ cup of feta cheese can be added, too.)


  1. This sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing. I am going to try it!

  2. I just bought quinoa yesterday but wasn’t sure how I was going to prepare it…now I know!

  3. Ann Dunne

    We finally got around to making a quinoa salad this week! Made a huge batch on Sunday and just finishing up leftovers. Awesome side dish on a weeknight and lunch on the go!

  4. Caryn Sullivan

    I also add it to a big green leafy salad to give it some crunch. You can also change up the kind of beans and color of peppers for a slightly different taste. Quinoa is such a healthy and protein-packed grain, I try to use it a lot.

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