Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe

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This weekend we had blackened bluefish for dinner, which I really don’t like at all. So I made this quinoa salad to use as a side dish for everyone else and a main dish for me.  It was very easy to put together, and it has a nice blend of flavors. Of course it would be easy to vary the vegetables based on what you have in the refrigerator, so it is pretty versatile.

Quinoa Salad in a dish

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Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilanto
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Add quinoa and salt to 1 1/2 c. of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until all the water is evaporated. Cool.
  2. Chop the carrot, red pepper, cucumber and cilantro. Toss them, along with the sugar snap peas and sunflower seeds with the quinoa.
  3. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Mix well and pour over salad.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Saturated Fat: 2gSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

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10 thoughts on “Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe”

    • Maybe it was overcooked? I’ve never found quinoa gluey. It is one of those things I don’t make very often, but every time I make it I think I should use it more.


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