Everyday Quinoa Salad

4 Servings
30 min

This Everyday Quinoa Salad will be a staple recipe in your arsenal. It’s a perfect meatless main dish or an easy veggie-packed side for just about anything! It’s refreshing, crisp, healthy, and vegan. Filled with cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, lots of fresh parsley, and quinoa. It’s all tossed together with an easy lemon dressing. The dressing is flavorful and uses just a few simple ingredients.

The best part? The salad just deepens in flavor as it sits! It’s perfect to mix up a batch and then keep in the fridge for an easy side dish all week. And because it’s best served cold or at room temperature, it’s great to be packed up in a workday lunch – no microwave needed!

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Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups veggie stock or water
  • 1 medium cucumber (finely diced. Seeded as well if you want.)
  • 1 bell pepper (finely diced)
  • 1 small red onion (finely diced)
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley (from 1 bunch)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 2–3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground black pepper


Cook the Quinoa: Combine the quinoa (rinsed, if needed) and the stock or water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook, covered, until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid. About 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, bell pepper, onion, parsley, and slightly cooled quinoa.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Whisk until well blender.
Add dressing to quinoa and veggies. Toss until well combined and season with pepper, to taste.


  • The salad keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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