Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

After jenluvzyou’s post about Coconut curry with quinoa, I craved quinoa.

This was something that T’s mom introduced me to. It is great because it’s a grain that does not contain gluten (for those with gluten allergy) and it has a pretty high protein content.

Quinoa - yummy goodness!

Where to find quinoa? I’ve always found quinoa in the health food section of the grocery store.

This recipe was adapted from Food Cures: Breakthrough Nutritional Prescriptions for Everything from Colds to Cancer (Corn, Tomato, and Quinoa Salad).

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tsp honey (optional)
a pinch of red pepper flakes
1 cup of corn kernels (fresh or thawed frozen)
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped


  1. Heat 2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the quinoa and salt. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes (until liquid is absorbed). Transfer to a bowl and let the quinoa cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, grapeseed oil, honey, and red pepper in a measuring cup. (The vinaigrette.)
  3. Add the corn, tomato, red onion, and avocado to the quinoa. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss well.

This is so simple and so tasty!

Avocado - another source of yummy goodness!

Another reason for loving this book is it provides information about the food – nutritional content and how to choose and store the food.

The Vinaigrette

Variations (other things you can add/replace)

  • dried cranberries
  • broccoli florets
  • toasted sunflower seeds (or other seeds)
  • chickpeas
  • you can also try other type of vinaigrette (from a recipe that T’s mom makes, the recipe calls for a creamy dressing – yoguart, mayo, lemon juice and lemon zest)

This sounds like an interesting quinoa recipe (with mango!). Might try it sometime – although I would omit the cilantro (I am part of the 33% who can taste something in cilantro that other people don’t).



  1. Do you know if you can cook quinoa in a rice cooker? I’ll admit to being lazy and one of the reasons I don’t buy quinoa is because rice just seems more convenient. I suppose if I ever got bored of rice I’d eventually take the time to look into this.

    • I didn’t know that – rice cooker. Might give it a try sometime. Thanks! I find that quinoa is pretty easy to handle esp for this recipe you just let it sit in low heat for 15 minutes.

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