fresh quinoa salad – recipe

I have no desire for this to be a food blog. BUT – sometimes there’s just some things I gotta share with you! I eat this dish at least once-ish a week. It’s so tasty. And healthy. And easy. And gluten free. And vegan (if you don’t put in goat cheese!). And easy to change to your tastes! I named it “fresh quinoa salad”.

Fresh Quinoa Salad Recipe-

Ingredients: (what’s awesome is that you can put whatever you currently have in your kitchen or what fits your taste! I didn’t list any amounts below because it just depends on what you’re wanting.)

Black beans
Yellow squash
Grape tomatoes
Dry Coleslaw mix (pre-dressing. it’s comes in a bag near the lettuce. it has shredded carrots & broccoli & cabbage)
Green bell pepper
Cooked quinoa (mine was a mix of regular and red quinoa)
Lime juice (I use one whole lime)
Salt, garlic powder, onion flakes
Goat cheese!

Other things that you could put in but I didn’t this time:

Red, orange, or yellow bell pepper
Olive oil
Chick peas
Onions / Green onions


Cut all the veggies and mix it all together. No really. That’s it. I just get a massive bowl and put it all the cut up veggies, beans, corn, quinoa, & lime juice. I sprinkle the goat cheese on top. Leave it off and it’s vegan!

I make a big pot of quinoa all at once and then I can just grab what I need out of it each day for lunch. Quinoa is super packed full of protein – it’s actually not a grain. It’s seeds! Some people think it’s a bit bland – try using chicken or veggie stock instead of water when you make it!

This meal keeps me going all day at the shop. And I like all the different combos of food so my taste buds don’t get bored.

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While photo’ing the quinoa salad this morning, Carrots had to poke her way into my space and see what I was doing. So she got a nice portrait taken.

meow! hope you enjoy the recipe. tell me if there’s any other random ingredients you would add!



  1. Tiffany May 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I love Quinoa, you really can eat it with anything!

  2. Giant Sis September 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

    You made me want to try quinoa again. That looks so yummy!

  3. Jen October 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for this, I’ve been wanting to try quinoa for a while but wasn’t sure where to start. Just found your website, really love it. Also made your banana oat 2 ingredient cookies, with chopped almonds and choc chips. Delish! And so great they are so healthy! Quick question, how exactly do you cook quinoa? And when you say you make a pot for the week, how do you store it?

    Thanks! :)

  4. Lauren October 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Jen – – It’s basically like how you make rice! use a 2:1 water to quinoa ratio. (or chicken stock for yummy quinoa!). Once it boils, simmer it for 20ish minutes. (depends on the type of quinoa and how much you have)
    I literally just leave it in the pot in the fridge and scoop some out as I need it :)

  5. Claire French June 2, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Now, I know what to do with the quinoa I have in my pantry!! Thanks y’all!!!!

  6. Juanita Claire French June 2, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Right now eating oatmeal with fresh blueberries…yummy for the tummy!!!!!

  7. Candyce Rogers October 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I live alone and like to eat whole grains but do not like cooking them every day. On weekends I cook a pot of quinoa, brown rice, beans or grains. A big pot. Then after it cooled I put it in freezer bags, pat them flat and freeze them. I keep them stacked upright in a basket in the freezer and then if I want to add some to a soup or have them for a meal or side dish I have a great selection to pick from.

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