Healthy Gluten-free and Vegan Quinoa Salad Recipes

I'm of the firm belief that one can never have too many quinoa salad recipes in one's cooking repertoire. Quinoa salad is surprisingly tasty and healthy! It's fairly quick to make, can easily serve a large group of people and keeps well, making it the perfect dish to make when you need something to serve a crowd at a vegetarian or vegan potluck, plus, it transports well for cookouts and barbecues, and is as versatile as your imagination. Feel free to experiment by adding different...MORE veggies such as zucchini, corn or even kale or spinach greens.

Whole grain quinoa cooks quicker than most other whole grains and is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians with about 11 grams of protein per cup of cooked quinoa.  Not sure what quinoa is or how to use it? See also: What is quinoa?

Here are a few of my favorite ways to prepare a healthy quinoa salad. All of these recipes are vegetarian and they're also either vegan or easily vegan-izeable. Because quinoa is a gluten-free grain, most are gluten-free as well but be sure to double-check the ingredients.

Are you bored of quinoa and want to try something new? Have you already tried kaniwa?