Perfect Quinoa Salad Recipe


I call this the perfect salad recipe because it offers a variety of sensory pleasing textures and fantastic flavor.  It also makes an excellent snack or meal and is easy to toss in a container to have on the go or enjoy at home as a meal.

This is great to have on hand during a busy week so I know there is something nutritious and already made in the fridge

Here's the recipe…

6 servings for meal size portions or 12 servings for snack sized portions


2 cups dry quinoa

2 medium to large peeled cooked beets

If you’re not a fan of beets, no worries! Just substitute with tomatoes and it will be equally as delicious.

1/3 cup onion

1 cucumber

1 cup parsley

2 tsp dried dill 

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon or lime juice

1/4 tsp cayenne 

salt to taste

1-2 avocados, sliced (optional)


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Or, add rinsed quinoa to a sauce pan with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes until quinoa is somewhat transparent. Make sure water at bottom of pan has evaporated off.

  2. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and let cool at room temperature. Once cooled, chill in refrigerator for a couple hours.

  3. Remove bowl with quinoa from fridge.

  4. Chop beets, onion, cucumber and parsley and add to bowl with quinoa.

  5. Add oil, lemon/lime juice, cayenne and salt.

  6. Add avocados slices before serving if desired.

  7. Gently toss to combine.

  8. Enjoy!


I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.