Vegetarian Quinoa Salad Recipe (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Vegan quinoa salad with vegetables
Vegan quinoa salad with vegetables.
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings as a side
Ratings (26)

This vegetarian and vegan quinoa salad recipe is surprisingly tasty and healthy! Whole grain quinoa cooks quicker than most other grains and is an excellent source of protein with about 11 grams of protein per cup of cooked quinoa. Perfect for vegetarian and vegans! Though the recipe calls or cucumber, bell peppers, broccoli and tomatoes, feel free to experiment by adding different veggies such as zucchini, corn or even kale or spinach greens; there's really no wrong way to make a quinoa salad! 

Users have also given this vegan quinoa salad recipe five out of five stars, so you can be sure you'll likely love it just as much as others have. And, this is also a low-calorie vegetarian recipe, with just 270 calories per serving. As well as vegetarian, this easy quinoa salad recipe is vegan and gluten-free (just make sure you use a gluten-free vegetable broth).

What's not to love?

Like cooking with quinoa? I know I do! If you like quiona, you might want to branch out and try some other whole grains, too, such as kaniwamillet and teff! Whole grains such as these are versatile, and, if you buy them in bulk, they're a bargain! And of course, I love shopping in bulk! If you like quinoa already, here's some more healthy whole grains which you've got to try.

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What You'll Need

  • 4 cups vegetable broth (you can also use water instead)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw whole grain
  • quinoa
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup lightly steamed broccoli florets
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • dash salt and pepper, to taste (sea salt tastes best)

How to Make It

First, cook the quinoa in vegetable broth (or water, if you prefer) until it fluffs up, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the quinoa is cooking, whisk together the fresh lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic cloves and salt and pepper.

When the quinoa is finished cooking, allow to cool slightly, then, toss the quinoa with the vegetables and the lemon juice dressing mix, stirring to combine well.

Add more salt and pepper to taste, and chill before serving if you have the time. 


Makes 6 servings of quinoa salad.

Nutritional information, per serving (from CalorieCount):
Calories Per Serving: 270, Total Fat: 10.5g, 16% RDA, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, 8% RDA
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0% RDA
Sodium: 518mg, 22% RDA
Total Carbohydrates: 34.5g, 11% RDA
Dietary Fiber: 4.4g, 18% RDA
Protein: 10.4g
Vitamin A 21%, Vitamin C 75%, Calcium 5%, Iron 15%

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