Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Quinoa Vegetable Salad

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"This is a wonderful dish--light and very tasty! My four kids (ages 2-7) ate it up and asked for more!"
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1 h 30 m servings 148 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 148 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 4.5 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 22.9g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 592 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Heat the canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir the garlic and 1/4 cup onion in the hot oil until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the water, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and bring to a boil; stir the quinoa into the mixture, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes. Drain any remaining water from the quinoa with a mesh strainer and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. Stir the tomato, carrots, bell pepper, cucumber, corn, and 1/4 cup red onion into the chilled quinoa. Season with cilantro, mint, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the salad; gently stir until evenly mixed.


  1. 127 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

FOR WARM QUINOA VEGETABLE SALAD: I do not like cold salads/hard veggies so I made warm version of this! All you have to do is heat some oil in a pan and fry the bell peppers and carrots. Once th...

Most helpful critical review

I really don't think the carrots worked with the balsamic, and that the recipe was overly quinoa heavy. Should I make the dish again, I'm definitely going to cut down on the quinoa, double the v...

FOR WARM QUINOA VEGETABLE SALAD: I do not like cold salads/hard veggies so I made warm version of this! All you have to do is heat some oil in a pan and fry the bell peppers and carrots. Once th...

It was a great quinoa salad, i used low sodium chicken broth, instead of water, add red & green peppers w/the cucumber,and follow the recipe , my son made an omelete and stuffed it w/ the salad...

This recipe can be very forgiving. Quinoa such a heathy, easy to use grain that is GLUTEN FREE. Toss in any vegetables using vegetable broth makes it VEGETARIAN. Omitting tomatoes and onions ma...

I cut the recipe in half and still it was several meals or the two of us. Very good and "different.:

It was so yummy! I brought it to work and they just gobbled it up :) I accidently took red bell pepper instead of yellow one, but it was still tasty. My husband is not fond of vegetables, but h...

Just made this and it's really great. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is the saltiness of the dish. I used the 2 teaspoons as instructed when cooking the quinoa. Fortunately I tes...

Excellent! The bf and I really loved this one. I didn't have any mint, so I used a little extra cilantro. I also brightened it up with about 1 TBSP of fresh lemon juice and added a couple fin...

This was wonderful!! I cooked the quinoa with whey leftover from making cheese. I had no cucumber, so I used celery, no red onion so I used scallions, and substituted basil for the cilantro an...

Wow! I've had quinoa in the past - prepared very well and prepared very badly. This is the most flavorful recipe I've tasted. It was my first time cooking quinoa myself, and I was surprised at h...

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