Looking for nice Quinoa Salad recommendations

Hi all, looking for a basic but flavorful quinoa salad where the grains are cooked and then added to a simple dressing. Nothing with exotic or out-of -the-ordinary ingredients. Simple add-ins are fine. Trying to appeal to someone with a very limited range of likes. Thanks in advance!! Gammy

  • Posted by: Gammy
  • April 17, 2021


Emily K. April 19, 2021
Hi Gammy! LOVE Wendy and Nancy's suggestions for nice quinoa salads, and will add that this one is really great: https://food52.com/recipes/18012-quinoa-salad-with-hazelnuts-apple-and-dried-cranberries It pulls from pantry staples and can be easily adjusted to suit someone's preferences, too.
Gammy April 19, 2021
Thank you F52 Community! That recipe is a great one and believe it or not, I actually made it and commented on it years ago. Why didn't I save it... who knows? I love the way ingredients can be added or left out to taste.
Emily K. April 20, 2021
Oh wow! So glad you liked it, Gammy!
Wendy April 18, 2021

Hi Gammy,
I am sorry, I never write down my recipes, but hope this is helpful.
My family’s favourite quinoa salad is Mediterranean flavoured, so a basic Greek salad dressing would work. To move it farther east just add chopped fresh mint to the salad. They also enjoy an Asian inspired quinoa salad I do with snow peas, carrots, peppers, baby bok choy, tofu, etc... I just swap out wine vinegar for rice vinegar, swap out garlic for minced ginger, add a little low sodium soy or tamari sauce, add a tsp or two of sesame oil with grape seed oil.
Gammy April 18, 2021
Thanks Wendy, I love Greek salad and the dressing is basic enough I think it would definitely work and the add-ins could be 'most anything!
Nancy April 17, 2021
Why not build one, customized to the preferences of the person with a short list of like?
Work with these preferred elements:
• Salad format (e.g., green chef's, composed, chopped)...includes proportions of key ingredients
• Dressing
• Produce (vegetables and optional fruits)
• Protein (grilled fish, roasted or deli meat, cooked legumes)
• Starch proportion (ok, quinoa is not a starch but holds that place in the salad).
You may need to go through a couple versions, but that could be fun.
Gammy April 18, 2021
Thanks Nancy for the great ideas! This is exactly what I had in mind, and I can put together those elements that will be favored and work with the rest of the dish. What I REALLY need is a recipe (or ingredient list) for just the dressing that someone has already made and loves in their personal "recipe box". I have had some knock-out quinoa salads in the past, just too long ago to remember what exactly it was I loved about them. I can use a simple vinaigrette, but think there was something else in those dressings and would rather not have to experiment with this dish.
Nancy April 18, 2021
Gammy - glad you like the "build your own" idea. On the dressing, the one I use most often for quinoa salad is like a tabbouleh dressing...vinaigrette with fresh garlic see cookiesandkate website for details.
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