Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad is one of my favorite quick dinners! I started making it when I lived in Paris and didn’t have much time to cook for myself dinner all the time. It’s a quick, easy, and healthy dinner or lunch recipe!


Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Salad
Servings 2 people


  • 200 g quinoa (or you can use precooked if you don't want to cook it)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 bell pepper I prefer yellow or orange, but you can use whichever you prefer
  • 50 g fresh red cabbage
  • 50 g pecan
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper


To cook the quinoa

  • Boil 1 liter of water in a pan. When it's boiling, add in the quinoa and cook for 15 minutes on medium or until it's to your taste (I prefer it still a little crunchy).
  • Drain the water from the pot and let the quinoa cool.

Make the salad

  • When the quinoa is cooled, start cutting the vegetables.
  • Dice the tomatoes, the bell pepper, and the cabbage.
  • Add the vegetables into the quinoa and mix.
  • Chop the pecan and add to the salad.
  • Peel the garlic cloves and using a press and it to the salad.

To make the vinaigrette

  • To make the vinaigrette add the following directly into the salad bowl with the ingredients.
  • Pour olive oil, then balsamic vinegar over the salad and mix. Taste the salad and add olive or vinegar if needed.
  • Then sprinkle salt and pepper and mix again. Taste and add more if needed.
Keyword quinoa, salad

And voilà, you have a healthy and easy meal. Of course, you can substitute for any vegetable you like, I often add cucumbers instead of bell peppers.

You can see all my recipes for dinners and lunch right here!

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