10 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

With protein-rich quinoa, dried fruit, and almonds, this salad is a good snack before or after exercise and a nice side dish with grilled pork. Or increase the serving size to 3/4 cup and add feta cheese or shredded rotisserie chicken to make it a main dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare dressing, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended.

Step 2

To prepare salad, place quinoa in a large nonstick skillet; cook 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Place quinoa in a fine sieve; place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. Repeat procedure twice. Drain well.

Step 3

Combine quinoa, 2 3/4 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature. Stir in dressing, onions, and the remaining ingredients. Cover and chill.

Ratings & Reviews


July 25, 2015
Literally ALL of my best salad recipes are from Cooking Light so I was so excited to find a 5-STAR recipe!  This may be a very healthy salad but it is very weird.  The toasted quinoa is overpowering and the other flavors aren't enough to dress it up.  I won't be keeping this recipe. 

Cmsahagian's Review

November 16, 2012

kbolender's Review

June 10, 2012

BessCooksDinner's Review

May 08, 2012
Great recipe for a side or a main dish. I just served at a dinner party as a side with CL's spice-rubbed roasted salmon with lemon-garlic spinach. There is just enough leftover quinoa salad to add some feta cheese and flaked salmon for a delicious, nutritious and ready-made lunch. (Hint: add a squeeze of lemon juice to a bit of milk and let sit. It will sour and clot in a few minutes, turning into "buttermilk" with a whip of a fork.)

mbeezie's Review

December 28, 2008
Made a few modifications, but loved this recipe. Didn't have buttermilk so just added more juice and oil. Also added orange rind for stronger orange flavor. Omitted the parsley. Goes great with smoked turkey or chicken.