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Quinoa Salad

45 mins
Serves 4
Savoury pancakes

This salad makes a perfect summer meal, and is a good source of complete protein, vitamins and minerals. Alter to taste – walnuts go well with quinoa, but toasted sunflower seeds or cashews would also be good.

We would add a can of beans, like cannellini beans, to make this salad go further and feel more like a main dish.

The quinoa can be made ahead of time and refrigerated overnight if necessary.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup snow peas, celery, or green beans
  • 1 -2 small carrots, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 green or red pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, basil, or coriander
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted sunflower seeds, or toasted cashews
  • Optional: Olives, beans, fresh mint, jalapenos, vegan feta, raisins, or apricots


  • 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Options: a pinch of cayenne pepper, minced garlic, or minced ginger


  1. Soak the quinoa for 15 minutes in cold water.
  2. Rinse thoroughly, pour of most of the water and drain through a sieve.
  3. Place in a large saucepan with the water, salt and oil.
  4. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to very low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Make dressing by adding all ingredients to shaker and shake.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients to the quinoa and mix in the dressing.