I'm of the firm belief that one can never have too many quinoa salad recipes in one's cooking repertoire. Quinoa salad is surprisingly tasty and healthy! It's fairly quick to make, can easily serve a large group of people and keeps well, making it the perfect dish to make when you need something to serve a crowd at a vegetarian or vegan potluck, plus, it transports well for cookouts and barbecues, and is as versatile as your imagination. Feel free to experiment by adding different veggies such as zucchini, corn or even kale or spinach greens.
Whole grain quinoa cooks quicker than most other whole grains and is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians with about 11 grams of protein per cup of cooked quinoa. Not sure what quinoa is or how to use it?
Here are a few of my favorite ways to prepare a healthy quinoa salad. All of these recipes are vegetarian and they're also either vegan or easily vegan-izeable. Because quinoa is a gluten-free grain, most are gluten-free as well but be sure to double-check the ingredients.
Are you bored of quinoa and want to try something new? Have you already tried kaniwa?
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A simple way to make a homemade quinoa salad is to make a tabouli salad. Middle Eastern tabouli salads are traditionally prepared with bulgur wheat, but there's no reason you can't use quinoa for a high-protein and gluten-free substitute. This quinoa tabouli salad recipe is made with parsley, mint, cucumber, and tomatoes. Reduce the amount of olive oil, or omit it completely for a lower-fat quinoa dish.
See also: Gourmet feta and edamame tabbouleh recipe
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It's nothing but five stars from reviewers of this quinoa salad with pecans, green onions, and fresh herbs. One reviewer called it "wonderful" and wrote: "I took this to a luncheon comprised mostly of people who are not interested in vegetarian foods or even health-conscious. They loved it. Ate every bit." What a great endorsement! Another recipe reviewer also loved it with a bit of fresh lemon thyme she had growing in her herb garden.
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Quinoa makes a great addition to any bean salad recipe. Made with black beans, corn, quinoa and cilantro dressed in a cayenne-lime dressing, this vegetarian and vegan quinoa salad with black beans recipe is healthy, high-fiber, high-protein and gluten-free.
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