5 Amazing Quinoa Salad Recipes

5 Amazing Quinoa Salad Recipes

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Quinoa makes a great side dish, and it is also very versatile. Quinoa health benefits are spectacular. These tiny seeds are higher in nutrients than most grains and contain all essential amino acids.

The most common type of quinoa is white. Quinoa can be used in salads, porridge, stews, soups or pasta. So, here you can find 5 amazing quinoa salad recipes:

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1. Quinoa salad with turkey

This refreshing summer salad is good for lunch and dinner. It is also rich in protein and fiber that will keep you satiated longer.

Ingredients:

– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 2 cups quinoa, cooked
– 1/3 tsp. garlic powder
– 1/3 tsp. onion powder
– 1/2 lime, juiced
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 zucchini, grilled, sliced
– 1 cup turkey breast, diced
– 3 tbsp. fresh herbs, chopped
– 1 avocado, peeled and cubed

Instructions:

Cook your quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside and let cool. In a large bowl, add cooked quinoa and remaining ingredients, and mix gently with a fork until well mixed. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

2. Tomato and quinoa salad

This amazingly delicious Mediterranean salad is packed with fresh Mediterranean herbs!

Ingredients:

– 1 cup quinoa, cooked
– 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
– 1 tbsp. fresh Mediterranean herbs, chopped
– 2 tbsp. sliced olives
– 1 tbsp. olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 3 tbsp. lemon juice

Instructions:

Simply toss tomatoes, fresh Mediterranean herbs, sliced olives, olive oil and lemon juice with quinoa. Enjoy your tasty salad!

3. Spicy quinoa salad

This spicy quinoa salad is so delicious and can be ready in 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

– ½ cup plain yogurt
– 1/3 lime, juiced
– 1 tbsp. curry powder
– 2 tsp. olive oil
– 1 tsp. chili powder
– 1/2 fresh jalapeño, seeded, minced
– 2 cups quinoa, uncooked

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add rinsed quinoa in a pot, add 1 tsp. of salt. Cook for 15-20 min. Set aside and let cool. In a bowl, whisk the first 5 all ingredients together until well combined. In another bowl add cooked quinoa and remaining ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Serve and enjoy!

4. Quinoa and smoked salmon salad

This quinoa salad is not just tasty, but also filled with vitamins, protein, essential amino acids and fiber!

Ingredients:

– 2 cups quinoa, cooked
– 2 tbsp. lemon juice
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 6 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
– 1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
– Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Mix cooked quinoa and all ingredients together. Garnish with mint leaves. Bon appetit!

5. Cauliflower and quinoa salad

This colorful salad is so easy to make and so refreshing! You can also add some additional herbs.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup cauliflower, cooked, cut into florets
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 cup, corn, canned, drained
– 1 cup kale fresh, chopped
– 1 cup fresh spinach, cooked
– 2 cups quinoa, uncooked
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1/3 lemon, juiced

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa and 1/2 tsp. of salt. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Set aside and let cool. Simply toss all ingredients with quinoa. Garnish with lemon slices. Serve at a room temperature. Enjoy!