Colorful Quinoa Salad Recipe
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Colorful Quinoa Salad Recipe

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My youngest daughter recently learned she has to avoid gluten, dairy and eggs, which gave me a new challenge in the kitchen. I put this dish together as a side we could all share. We love it for leftovers, too. —Catherine Turnbull, Burlington, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet orange pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 143 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely.
  2. Stir spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and green onions into quinoa. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until blended. Drizzle over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Colorful Quinoa Salad in Simple & Delicious April/May 2014

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ephelan80 User ID: 155608 249054
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"I loved the combination of quinoa and veggies, but I didn't care for the lime & ginger flavor of the dressing. It's a shame that I wasted all those veggies by using a salad dressing that neither my husband nor I liked. I may try this again (halving the recipe next time) and use lemon instead of lime -- or maybe trying a balsamic vinegar dressing.... Upon reviewing the recipe, I think I accidentally doubled the lime peel, which made the salad distasteful. I do plan to make it again, but I will try a different dressing."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 248680
Reviewed May. 27, 2016

"I thought it was good and a nice change from the "normal" salad, but I felt that it was a little bland. I added extra salt to see if that was what was missing, which helped, but still seemed like it was lacking in flavor."

Isty User ID: 596894 248437
Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"This is a great recipe! Bright, colorful, flavorful and fresh!"

doralice User ID: 7761889 124745
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014 Edited Sep. 4, 2014

"This was delicious. I made this for our Sunday dinner to go along with BBQ ribs. Had allot left over so had it the next day. Still was yummy. My first time using Quinoa."

rgriffin209 User ID: 1907566 140220
Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"This recipe is delicioous! I was so thrilled to find a recipe my daughter could eat with all of her food allergies, and we both loved it! I did make some extra dressing the second time I made it because it is just so good!"

jmforgacs User ID: 2948257 127901
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Wonderful salad!!! The dressing is so light and refreshing! Everybody raved about it, even when I took it to work a few days after I made it. Still had good crunch and flavor. This recipe is a keeper."

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