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My Darling Vegan
Vegan Quinoa Salad

This easy vegan quinoa salad 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. 

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Cooling time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 195 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Quinoa Salad
  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • about 10 stalks asparagus, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Lemony Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. While quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad. 

  2. Bring a small pot of water to boil and boil peas and asparagus for 3 minutes. While vegetables are boiling, prepare an ice bath. When vegetables are tender, strain through a colander and place the vegetables immediately in the ice bath to prevent further cooking. 

  3. In a small blender combine the ingredients for the lemony vinaigrette. 

  4. Once quinoa is ready, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the quinoa cool.  

  5. Once quinoa is cool, add the remaining ingredients. Toss with the dressing and serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 

Recipe Notes

Serving and Storing - Let the salad chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve as part of a summer potluck or for a light lunch or afternoon snack. This allows the salad to cool and lets the flavors marinate. Store leftover quinoa salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Make in Advance - This salad is best when made 2-4 hours in advance. This allows the quinoa to chill all the way through and the flavors to marinate. 

Nutrition Facts
Calories Per Serving: 195
% Daily Value
Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Protein 6g 12%
Fat 8g 12%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Potassium 289mg 8%
Fiber 3g 13%
Sugar 1g 1%
Vitamin A 270IU 5%
Vitamin C 11.6mg 14%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2.1mg 12%