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.) Feel free to add your own favorite ingredients whether it’s grilled chicken, tofu or even corn, avocado or broccoli. These ancient grain salads are super simple and satisfying. 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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