Quinoa Salad

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Recipe by Broccoli, submitted by cinnamontalbun.


  • 2c quinoa
  • 4c water (you can use any sort of broth if you want)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

You can toss whatever you feel like trying in here. Here's a good combo to try starting with:

  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • bell peppers
  • chopped, cooked chicken breast

If you want to take the time and roast up a ton of veggies, too, they work great in a quinoa salad.


If you're concerned about calories from the olive oil, you can leave it out, or just squeeze some lemon juice over the finished quinoa for more of a tabouleh effect.

  • 3/4c extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbps of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 clove crushed garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder

Either blend in a blender or shake in a small container.


  • The easiest way to cook the quinoa is to toss it into a rice cooker and hit the white rice button. Failing that, cook according to the directions. It smells like bitter ass when you're cooking it. Don't worry: it's supposed to smell like that.
  • Let the quinoa cool, then add veggies, herbs, and chicken.
  • Pour in the vinaigrette (you may want to just use half of it and save the rest for salads). Stir until everything is well coated.

Can be served room-temp or cold, and should keep well for 4-5 days.