Delicious Quinoa Salad: A Must-Have for your Meals

Quinoa Salad
This quinoa salad is so fresh and delicious, perfect for a dinner party at home or picnic in the park. A few months ago I had some family over for a bbq and needed something healthy to make for a guest with dietary restrictions. I had parsley growing and thought I would whip up a quick tabouleh salad but after searching my cupboards for bulgar, I remembered I threw it out. So then I decided to use tricolour quinoa instead and improvised a bit, and what came about is just delicious.
Quinoa Salad

Fresh Quinoa Salad
2 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa
2 1/2 cups of chopped parsley
10-15 mint leaves finely chopped
1 medium sweet pepper (I used a yellow one, use whatever colour you want)
1 Small onion finely chopped
2 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 large tomato chopped
1/2 cucumber
1 large avocado chopped
juice of 2 large lemons
2 tablespoons of olive oil (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

1.Cook the quinoa as per package instructions. The measurements above are just guidelines, if you absolutely love avocado, add more, or if you hate peppers, omit them. Cool down the quinoa to room temperature.
2. While the quinoa is cooling down start chopping the vegetables. I throw them all into the bowl with the cooled quinoa, also add the parsley and chopped mint.
3. Add the juice of two lemons, the oil if you are using it and salt and pepper to taste, and mix it all up. The lemon will prevent the avocado from browning. I like to put it in the fridge for an hour at least so that the vegetables have some time to release their juices. Bon Appetite!
Have you ever tried quinoa? It’s got a nutty flavour and is packed full of nutrients.
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Caroline
    June 14, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    I love quinoa. It is quite versatile, tastes delicious and is good for you!

  2. jamie hall
    July 1, 2015 / 10:37 am

    this looks good, i will make a confession I have not tried quinoa yet!!! but this looks like i would enjoy it

  3. KC
    July 7, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Yum! I love quinoa salad. It is always great to see new variations for me to try.

  4. William Deaffie
    August 24, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    I love quinoa! It has become a staple in my house and even the kids like it!

  5. Debbie Bashford
    August 29, 2015 / 6:26 am

    I’ve never made quinoa I must try it someday

  6. Treen Goodwin
    September 7, 2015 / 9:57 am

    I have never tried Quinoa before … looks really yummy tho , i will def have to try it out thanks for sharing !

  7. kathy downey
    February 17, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Thanks for the recipe i will try it next family potluck !

  8. kathy downey
    April 21, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Thanks we enjoyed this on Wednesday for our family potluck !

  9. Debbie White Beattie
    May 26, 2017 / 4:29 am

    This looks delicious and really healthy but my only problem is I don’t like avocado so i’d have to substitute it for something else

  10. Treen Goodwin
    August 14, 2017 / 8:45 am

    I really need to try this , i have never had quinoa salad , thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Kevin B
    August 29, 2017 / 11:03 am

    This sounds like it would be really good

  12. Tammi L.
    October 15, 2018 / 7:35 am

    This sounds so good, except for the avocado (unless it’s in guacamole, YUM)… wonder what else could be used? Maybe cherry tomatoes? Or is that weird with these ingredients?

  13. Heather Swanson
    November 17, 2021 / 1:41 pm

    So healthy & delicious