The Ultimate Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa salads are the ultimate life saver for those eating gluten free!! Let me tell you why…When I first had to make the switch to eating gluten free, one of the hardest things was lunch foods.  I was used to eating a sandwich, and all of a sudden sandwiches were not so appetizing.  The cardboard bread just wasn’t doing it for me 😉 I can’t really remember how, but I quickly discovered quinoa salads.  Let me tell you, life just hasn’t been the same since – in a good way! 🙂

I feel solely responsible for converting most of Toronto to eating quinoa salads.  At first, on summer weekends at friends’ cottages, I would bring a small amount just to make for myself for lunch, while everyone else ate sandwiches.  Then, people kept asking to try it, and asking for a bit more.  Now, it’s basically assumed (and anxiously anticipated) that lunch will consist of a massive quinoa salad filled with veggies and a great dressing.  So for today’s post, I want to share with you my favourite quinoa salad recipe.

You can put whatever veggies in the quinoa salad that you want, but these are the ones I added.  The dressing is really versatile too!  I recently put it on top of steamed vegetables and loved it!  Because I used tahini, it gives it a creamy texture, without any dairy!  This recipe is also completely gluten free and nut free.

Prep Time:

25 mins

Cook Time:

0 mins

Total Time:

25 mins

Serves:

8

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 bell pepper (any colour)
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 can of black beans (I use Eden Organics)
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked

Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • juice of 1.5 lemons
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil (toasted brings out a better flavour, but you can also use regular or olive oil)
  • ⅛ cup tamari (this is a gluten free soy sauce)

Directions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions
  2. Meanwhile, chop all vegetables
  3. Blend all dressing ingredients in food processor
  4. Mix cooked quinoa and chopped vegetables
  5. Pour dressing over top of quinoa (you may not need all the dressing)

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