How to Build the Perfect Quinoa Salad

Susan Hoff
November 6, 2020

Break out your apron and bring a little culinary creativity for this satisfying quinoa salad.

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Quinoa (that’s “keen-wah” for all those who shrink back at the idea of an unpronounceable food) is not something to fear but to embrace. Similar to rice in consistency, quinoa contains an unusually high amount of protein and nutritional benefits for a grain. Perfect as a side dish with meat and veggies, on top of a salad, warmed up in the morning with coconut milk and a little cinnamon as a form of oatmeal, and and and… The possibilities are endless!

One easy, travel worthy version of this little grain is the convertible quinoa salad. It serves as a light, yet protein rich lunch that sustains and empowers eaters of all metabolic backgrounds. Just finished a workout? This meal will rejuvenate you with all of the necessary ingredients and supplements. Day at home? Quinoa salad fills you up without the unwanted bloat and makes you less prone to post-lunch snacking.

So, grab a knife, cutting board, and don’t forget your culinary creativity. There’s a plethora of possible additions for the satisfying quinoa salad! 

Here is one:

After cooking the quinoa on the stove, pour it into a bowl and stick it in the fridge to cool while you prepare all of the other ingredients.

1. First, the Fruits and Veggies

Dice up some cucumbers, bell pepper, scallions, and avocado. For those who like it sweeter, tossing in a couple dried cranberries and small apple slices adds a subtly sweet flavor.

2. Moving on to the Moisture

Drizzle in about two teaspoons of olive oil and squeeze in 2 to 3 teaspoons of lemon juice. Don’t be shy with the citrus here — this garnish adds a tangy zest that seamlessly ties in every other flavor.

3. Cater to Your Condiment Preferences

Sprinkle in about 1 ½ teaspoons of salt and a couple shakes of pepper. Throw in some chopped walnuts or pecans for an extra crunch. You can even add a little cayenne for a harmlessly warm kick. If dairy hasn’t unfriended you yet, crumble in a little goat cheese on top as well.

How easy is that? You now have a nutritious lunch you can take on the go!

From one healthy eater to the next, I hope that you can use this quinoa recipe as a skeleton recipe for future meals. I also hope that you no longer think that it is pronounced “kwin-oa.” Oh dear.

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