Quinoa Salad

This is my favorite quinoa salad recipe.  It is so fresh and healthy, and you can change up the ingredients as needed.  This quinoa salad is vegan, unless you add Feta cheese.

This is an awesome recipe to make in the summertime, when fresh veggies are in abundance!  I often make this in the late summer when I have so many tomatoes in the garden.

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~ Quinoa (any kind, but I usually use red quinoa or tricolor quinoa) (approx 1 cup dry quinoa)
~ English cucumber (you can use less than 1 depending on the ratio you want)
~ Grape or cherry tomatoes (1 pint)
~ Capers (about 2 heaping tablespoons)
~ Olive oil and salt (to taste)
~ Optional: cilantro
~ * Non-vegan / optional: Feta cheese (to taste)


Start by preparing the quinoa per the instructions.  I use about one dry cup of quinoa, and lightly toast it in a pan with olive oil before adding water.

You can use the instructions, or go with about 1-3/4 to 2 cups water per dry cup of quinoa.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes or desired texture.

You may want to prepare the quinoa well in advance of serving this salad, to allow time for the quinoa to cool.  When the quinoa is done cooking, I usually place it in the refrigerator to give it time to cool.

While the quinoa cools, cut up the tomatoes and cucumber.

I slice the cucumber, and cut the slices into fourths.

Cut the cherry or grape tomatoes into halves.

Mix together the quinoa, tomatoes, and cucumber.

Then add in some capers.  I use about 2 heaping tablespoons.

You can also add Feta cheese.  I sprinkle it on to the salad as a topping or mix it in.

Also add cilantro as desired.

Generously drizzle the salad with olive oil.

Add in some salt and mix thoroughly.

24 thoughts on “Quinoa Salad”

  1. Marie Cris Angeles

    Salads are my favorite snacks these fast few days. So this recipe is perfect for me. Can’t wait to try this one!

  2. Love a cool and refreshing salad like this one during the summer months. A perfect blend of the hearty grains and satisfying veggies from the garden.

  3. Rhian Scammell

    I really need to try and grow my own tomatoes, I bet they taste so beautifully fresh. What a lovely simple summer salad to have x

  4. Yes to a fresh and healthy quinoa salad! Your salad looks out of this world! I can’t wait to try it, can’t wait.

  5. Your quinoa salad recipe is absolutely delicious! The combination of flavors and textures, along with the easy-to-follow instructions, makes it a perfect dish for a healthy and satisfying meal. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  6. This salad is so healthy and easy to make! I would love to have more salads at night and have a healthier diet.

  7. I have never had a salad with quinoa, but it’s a great way to incorporate this healthy grain into your diet. Quinoa is one of the few plants that contains all 9 amino acids, therefore making it a complete protein.

  8. This is a great way to use quinoa. I like that it has Feta too. That’s the perfect extra bite/tang of flavor for this recipe.

  9. This quinoa salad recipe sounds amazing! I love that it’s so adaptable and can be customized with different ingredients. It’s great that it’s vegan too, but I can see how adding Feta cheese would give it an extra flavour. I’ll have to try making this during the summer when I have plenty of fresh produce. Thanks for sharing!

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