Quinoa Salad

One of my go-to recipes to take for lunch for school/work is a quinoa salad! It’s very simple, easily customizable, and very nutritious. I typically make all my lunches for the week on Sundays (what some would call “meal-prepping”), and this is great to make in a batch! You can have it on its own or as a side and the only ingredient you really NEED is the quinoa, anything else is up to you!

I use this recipe to cook the perfect quinoa every time – use 1 1/2 cups of liquid instead of 1 3/4 per 1 cup of quinoa (I like chicken broth, but you can cook it in water; if you do cook in chicken broth, no need to add salt). Keep in mind that quinoa expands so 1 cup of raw quinoa will equal around 3 cups of cooked quinoa.

In terms of toppings, go wild! My go-to are:

  • black beans/chickpeas
  • feta
  • cherry tomatoes
  • spinach
  • black/green olives
  • mushrooms
  • red onions
  • broccoli
  • cucumbers
  • avocado


  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • lemon juice
  • salt + pepper
  • basil
  • oregano
  • garlic powder

As you can probably tell, I like salty, savoury and tangy tastes in my food. But if you prefer a sweeter, nutty taste, you could try dried cranberries, toasted almonds and goat cheese. But you can really add anything to it, that’s the beauty of it.

Here’s a quick quinoa salad recipe for some inspiration:


Let me know what your favourite toppings are on quinoa in the comments!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Yum! I love quinoa salad it’s a dish you can never go wrong with 🙂
    Btw I used to meal-prep my meals it’s the most convenient thing ever!
    Thanks for sharing Isabel

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    1. No problem! and I agree, super convenient and tastes great. Thanks for the comment!


  2. Looks delicious! I love quinoa. Thanks


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