Quinoa Salad With Fresh Mint and Parsley Recipe

Quinoa salad with fresh herbs and pecans

 Jolinda Hackett

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
280 Calories
17g Fat
28g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 280
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 6g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whole grain quinoa seasoned with fresh herbs, including fresh mint, parsley, lemon juice, and green onions, makes this salad recipe low-fat, as well as vegetarian and vegan. Don't let that scare you―it tastes good too and is just bursting with plenty of fresh ​flavor! 

Whole grain quinoa cooks quicker than most other grains and is an excellent source of vegetarian protein with about 11 grams of protein per cup of cooked quinoa. This quinoa, pecan, and fresh herb salad is both vegetarian and vegan, and it should be gluten-free as well, however, many garlic salts will have additives which may contain hidden gluten, so if you need this recipe to be gluten-free, carefully read the label of your garlic salt, or use a gluten-free alternative to season your salad.


  • 2 cups quinoa (pre-cooked)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (pine nuts or almonds may be substituted)
  • 3 tbsp. fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 scallions/green onions, (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, nuts, parsley, and mint.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic salt, then pour over the pre-cooked quinoa. Gently toss this dressing together with the quinoa to disperse evenly and combine well.

  3. Season with a generous amount of salt and pepper.

  4. Place your quinoa salad in the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 15 minutes before serving to let the flavors blend.

  5. Gently toss again before serving, and taste to see if more salt and pepper is needed; adjust seasonings to taste.