Incredible Quinoa Salad- WAY Better than Pasta Salad!

by Capri Lilly

This Quinoa Vegetable Salad is like your favorite pasta salad, but with a twist! It is ten times better than your typical salad, way better than pasta salad, and filled with tons of protein and carbs. It also is completely gluten-free and vegan (if you omit the crumbled cheese)!

Quinoa is a gluten-free seed that can easily replace rice, pasta, and other grains. Even more impressive, quinoa is filled with TONS of protein, essential amino acids, fiber, and good carbohydrates.

According to the nutrition facts stated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1 cup of cooked quinoa amounts to:

  • 222 calories

  • 39 grams (g) of carbs

  • 8g of protein

  • 6g of fat

  • 5g of fiber

  • 1g of sugar (1)

Not only is this salad made with quinoa as the base, but of course I added tons of delicious vegetables to make this salad pop: asparagus, radish, red peppers, and cucumbers. You can add whatever vegetables are your favorite!

This salad is perfect for the upcoming holidays! It is very easy to make, only taking 10 minutes (after the quinoa is cooked). This salad is light, flavorful, and healthy, which is great to balance all the savory and sweet fall dishes you’ll be enjoying! It is also a great way to incorporate nutrient-rich vegetables into your meal in an easy delicious way!

quinoa with cucumber, parsley, radish, and tomatoes
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5 from 5 votes

Quinoa Vegetable Salad

This Quinoa Vegetable Salad is like your favorite pasta salad, but with a twist! It is ten times better than your typical salad, way better than pasta salad, and filled with tons of protein and carbs. It also is completely gluten-free and vegetarian!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options, Vegan
Keyword: gluten free quinoa vegetable salad, Quinoa salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Red Pepper, sliced
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/2 lb Asparagus, largely chopped
  • 5 Radish, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Crumbled Goat Cheese (optional)
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, add quinoa and 2 cups of water (or vegetable broth) and a pinch of salt. Bring the liquid to a boil. Once a boil is reached, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer until the liquid is fully abosrbed (approximately 15 to 20 minutes). Remove the quinoa from the heat, allow it to cool down (about 5 minutes), and then fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the vegetables. Cut the radish, cucumber, and peppers into small slices. Chop the asparagus into medium to large bite-size pieces (about 2" to 3" pieces)
  • In a pan over medium heat, lightly saute the asparagus for 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer all the ingredients intoa large bowl and mix the ingredients together.
  • Top the salad with lime and avocado and toss one final time.

Notes

Tip: Substitute any of the vegetables as you like. This salad also pairs well with chicken breast or a veggie patty. Simply place the cooked veggie patty or chicken breast on top for an even fuller meal!

Nutrition:

  • Serving: 6
  • Fat: 10.6g
  • Protien 9.3g
  • Calories: 228

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8 comments

Kelly Anthony April 9, 2020 - 7:05 pm

5 stars
Quinoa salads are my go-to lunch options right now. I love that this one is full of fresh vegetables.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:46 pm

Hey Kelly! Definitely my go-to as well. I love making my salads as vibrant as possible!

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Anita April 9, 2020 - 7:07 pm

5 stars
We love this quinoa salad, and the dressing is so simple and refreshing. 🙂

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Toni April 9, 2020 - 7:17 pm

5 stars
The combination of flavors is really amazing! Can’t wait to make it again!

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:38 pm

Hi Toni! I am glad you liked the recipe!

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Irina April 9, 2020 - 7:30 pm

5 stars
You are absolutely right: the quinoa vegetable salad is much better than any pasta salad. I love the quinoa texture, taste, and look in meals. Bookmarking for later.

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Tara April 9, 2020 - 8:37 pm

5 stars
I absolutely love the addition of all those vegetables! So perfect for pairing with the quinoa and those wonderful flavors.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:33 pm

Definitely! You can never have too many vegetables in this dish 🙂

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