Enjoy these quick and simple vegan quinoa salads for a hearty and wholesome meal or side dish. From Southwest to Thai Peanut, there is a quinoa salad recipe for everyone.
I love a good quinoa salad.
Quinoa salads are my go-to when it comes to potlucks and shared meals because they are so versatile and hearty enough to be a meal on their own (you know, if the potluck selection is not very vegan-friendly). They are also one of my favorite light summer meals because they are packed with protein (quinoa is one of the few plant-based foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids) nutrients, flavor, and so much more.
Today I’ve rounded up 9 of the best quinoa salad recipes for you to keep on hand this summer. From Thai Peanut to a fresh Mediterranean salad, I am sure you will find a few quinoa salad recipes worth trying.
But before we get started, let’s take a closer look at quinoa.
What is quinoa?
Quinoa originated in the northwestern corner of South America and has been around for three to four thousand years as a popular food in this region. It wasn’t until the 21st century that quinoa became commonly consumed around the world, most notably in North American and Europe.
While quinoa is grown, cooked, and served as a grain, this amazing superfood food is actually the seed from a flowering plant in the amaranth family. Similar to couscous or rice in texture, it can often be swapped out for these grains in any meal. Quinoa is a nutrient-packed. It offers far more protein and fiber than its grain counterparts while providing a rich nutty flavor that pairs with many flavors.
Is quinoa gluten-free?
Yes! Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it a great dish for people who, like me, need to limit their gluten. Additionally, it makes the perfect party dish that everyone, despite their dietary restrictions, can enjoy it.
How to cook quinoa
Cooking quinoa is similar to cooking rice. To begin, quinoa should always be first rinsed in a fine-mesh sieve until water runs clear. This is key for getting a clean, nutty flavor. Otherwise, quinoa can sometimes taste dirty and gritty. Once it’s rinsed, drain the water and transfer it to a sauce pot. Add 2 parts water for every 1 part quinoa and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the water is completely absorbed about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let it set an additional 5 minutes before uncovering and fluffing with a fork.
Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer it to a shallow bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. It’s important to let to quinoa cool down before adding the remaining salad ingredients.
Ready to get started?
Let’s take a look at these 9 amazing vegan quinoa salad recipes
I’m loving this refreshing Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Corn, Beans, and Peaches from Yummy Mummy Kitchen. A salad filled with summer fruits and vegetables and Tex-Mex flavors, this is the perfect barbecue side salad.
This Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad makes the perfect stand-alone meal. Tri-color quinoa mixed with bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, and red cabbage then tossed in a spicy peanut sauce, this quinoa salad recipe will have you licking the bowl.
This Watermelon Quinoa Salad with Herbed Tofu Feta looks unbelievable refreshing and delicious. I love the blend of sweet watermelon, fresh mint and basil, and savory vegan cheese. Check out the full recipe from The Nut-Free Vegan.
Filled with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, red onions, and avocado and tossed with lemon pepper dressing, this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is like a bulked up Tabouli. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect summertime side salad.
Everyone needs a serving of this Superfood Bean Salad from Veganosity. With quinoa, black beans, and chickpeas all served over a bed of kale, this easy quinoa salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.
This Southwest Quinoa Salad is my go-to quinoa salad recipe. Filled with protein and flavor, it makes the perfect dish to bring to your summer potlucks. Add Beyond Meat Southwest Chicken Strips for a hearty stand-alone meal.
This Kale Quinoa Salad with Maple Mustard Tempeh from From My Bowl is one of my favorites. I love the combination of the light and refreshing flavors. It’s a protein and flavor-packed meal that celebrates refreshing veggies and savory tempeh.
This Springtime Quinoa Salad with Peas and Asparagus is mixed with asparagus, peas, and fresh basil then tossed in a lemony vinaigrette for a quick and simple springtime salad. Made in just 30 minutes.
A Black-Eyed Pea Quinoa Kale Salad from Garden in the Kitchen packed with protein and superfoods and topped with crunchy roasted chickpeas for a delightful quinoa salad recipe that is filled with nutrients and flavor.
Written by My Darling Vegan