Quinoa Salad

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-whah”) is a seed that has more protein than any other grain or seed.  It has a nutty flavor that is perfect to add to many types of salads.  This salad is easy to prepare and delicious tossed with a quick lemon vinaigrette.  It would also be a great salad to stir in chicken, steak, salmon, or shrimp. For those of you looking for a lunch-to-go or picnic salad, Quinoa Salad is perfect.   


Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large seedless cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, minced


  1. Combine quinoa, salt and 1 1/4 up water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, let stand for five minutes.  Fluff with a fork, let cool.

    Combine lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil , whisk to combine, season with salt and pepper.  When quinoa has cooled, combine with 1/4 cup of dressing, mix well, refrigerate.  At this point you can refrigerate overnight.  When ready to serve, combine with remaining ingredients, drizzle remaining dressing over.