30 Healthy and Hearty Quinoa Salads
Quinoa-Arugula Layered Salad
We made over tabbouleh, turning it into an individually packed picnic dish. This salad holds beautifully, so you can pack it up a day ahead. For the easiest eating, choose wide-mouthed pint jars.
Rosy Beet-and-Quinoa Salad
This earthy whole-grain salad holds up well, so it's a good make-ahead option; just bring it to room temperature before serving for the best flavor.
Roasted Salmon with Kale-Quinoa Salad
The American Heart Association recommends eating salmon or other fatty fish twice a week to reap the cardiovascular benefits that the omega-3 fatty acids provide. Look for wild salmon, which has 5 to 10 times fewer contaminants and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) than farm-raised.
Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. Edamame makes a tasty substitute for lima beans in this recipe. For an attractive presentation, serve the salad on a bed of baby greens or spinach.
Shrimp-and-Quinoa Layered Salad
Postively portable and layered to perfection, jarred salads are the easiest make-ahead lunches for both picnics and workdays. Make these salads up to a day ahead; pack them tightly with the dressing on the bottom, followed by denser ingredients and greens, so they won't get soggy.
Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Salad with Bacon
This rich and dynamic quinoa salad could easily be pulled together with whatever leftover grain you have on hand, such as farro or bulgur. A trio of fresh herbs deliver a major dose of freshness while balancing out more robust flavor components, such as whole-grain Dijon mustard and toasted almonds. To make this dish vegetarian, prepare the quinoa using vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and eliminate the bacon.
Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Currants
Grains, nuts, and dried fruit are typical in the Sephardic community--Jews who immigrated from Spain, Yemen, and the Mediterranean. (Ashkenazic Jews brought bread and potatoes from Eastern Europe.) Quinoa is a modern twist. Dried currants are smaller and less sweet than raisins, but either will work in this dish.
Roasted Curried Cauliflower-Quinoa Salad
Make this dish vegetarian or add a bit of extra bite with shredded rotisserie chicken. The grapes sprinkled in with cauliflower and quinoa adds the perfect touch of sweetness.
Quinoa, Smoked Trout, and Beet Salad
Layering the elements of this flavor-bomb salad guarantees even distribution in every bite and makes for a lovely platter.
Kale Salad with Red Quinoa, Fennel, and Carrots
This fresh, satisfying salad makes a welcome break from rich holiday foods.
Quinoa Salad with Apples, Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Toss quinoa with diced apples, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries and serve with a large lettuce leaf.
Red Quinoa Salad with Beets, Kale, and Parmesan
This salad combines superfoods quinoa and kale with beets, pecans, and Parmesan cheese.
Carrot Salad with Red Quinoa and Chickpeas
This healthy salad is picnic-perfect, because the carrots stay crunchy and the quinoa and chickpeas keep their texture. (Regular quinoa works fine in this recipe, if you can't find the red variety.)
Picnic tip: This salad is delicious at room temperature, so if you'll be eating it within 2 hours, there's no need to pack it in the cooler.
Radish and Avocado Quinoa Salad
Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Pistachios
Mixing fresh herbs into a salad mix adds light and vivacious layers of flavor.
Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Shrimp
Simple, fresh, and perfectly portioned for two, this main dish salad is great for a quiet weeknight. Just you? Enjoy the second portion for lunch tomorrow; it will hold up nicely.
Indian Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad
Strawberry, Quinoa, and Ricotta Salata Salad
We could make a meal of this deliciously unexpected combination, but it's excellent alongside a grilled steak too. Sautéing the quinoa in oil before simmering helps it come out fluffy every time.
Toasted Quinoa Salad
"I love the bright flavors in this dish, and it's great with added chickpeas." Rachel Byrne, 47, Fishers, Ind.
Quinoa Salad Niçoise with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette
Quinoa Salad Niçoise with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette makes a striking presentation for a luncheon and it's protein-packed. If you'd like, you can get a head start on this salad by preparing and cooking the quinoa, eggs and green beans up to 1 day ahead. Cover each separately and refrigerate until ready to use.
Quinoa and Pistachio Salad with Moroccan Pesto
Quinoa [KEEN-wah] is a quick-cooking whole grain supplying protein, iron, and vitamin E. Pair this side dish with simple grilled chicken or fish. For a vegetarian entrée option, use organic vegetable broth and add one (15 1/2-ounce) can of rinsed, drained chickpeas to ramp up the protein.
Pork Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Balsamic
This pork salad made with dried cherries, balsamic, almonds and kale is a fresh, delicious idea.
Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Steak
We love the chipotle-rubbed sirloin, but this salad is a wonderful use for any leftover steak.
Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad
"Quinoa [KEEN-wah] is a tiny, bead-shaped, ivory-colored grain with a delicate flavor. This salad is really refreshing on a hot day. I like to pair it with chicken." --Gretchen Hofing, Clinton, MI
Quinoa Salad with Grilled Scallions, Favas and Dates
"One thing I've learned as a chef is not to overfeed your customers—a food coma is very unpleasant," says Charlie Parker of Plum restaurant in Oakland, California. This salad of grilled spring vegetables feels just filling enough, thanks to the protein-rich quinoa and a puree of dates that are grilled first to soften them and intensify their natural sweetness.
Quinoa and Parsley Salad
Kale Caesar Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chicken
We skip the croutons and add toasted walnuts for a bit of heart-healthy crunch.
Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad
Finalist--Salads and Sides. "I worked at a natural foods market and discovered all kinds of new grains. Since then, I have been experimenting in the kitchen and came up with this recipe during the peak of summer's harvest." -Margee Berry, White Salmon, WA
Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges
Light, fluffy quinoa cooks in practically no time and is incredibly versatile--you can add it to just about any kind of salad. Millet would also be good.
Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad
Quinoa, shrimp, and chickpeas pack a triple punch of protein in the this tasty summer dish of Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad.
Lemon Pork Chops with Quinoa Salad
Best way to cook quinoa? Simmer, drain, and let it stand, covered, to steam; then fluff.