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Quinoa and Beet Salad with Hazelnuts

A few months back I made a salad with arugula, beets, oranges, avocados and hazelnuts. The combination of beets and hazelnuts was so delicious that I decided to create a quinoa salad using some of the same flavors. The result is a salad that’s as delicious as it is pretty.

And let’s not forget, this is a dish you can feel great about eating, because:

Beets contain powerful phytonutrients called belatains.
Hazelnuts serve up protein, vitamin E and “good fats”.
Quinoa provides a complete protein, and is a good source of magnesium.

Quinoa and Beet Salad with Hazelnuts




  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¾ cup diced roasted beets
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts (or substitute pistachios or almonds)
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions
  • ¼ cup minced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Place the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes, until you see the rings separate from the kernels of quinoa and it’s tender-crunchy.  Set aside and cool.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Eat.


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Cathy Elton is a Brooklyn–based writer who has the rare blog that focuses specifically on heart-healthy food. She came to this subject the hard way, as a result of finding out she had hereditary heart disease in her 40s. But she turned her health problem into a cooking challenge, and developed a heart-healthy vegetarian cooking style that’s still spicy, satisfying and adventurous. She shares her original recipes on What Would Cathy Eat?



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9 comments on “Quinoa and Beet Salad with Hazelnuts”

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Badea Cris
1 Years Ago

beet with boild patates and olive oil and lemn is very good.

Andrea Fontenot Hegland
1 Years Ago

Great combo, I'll try it. I've been playing with a raw beet and carrot salad, and adding different things to it.

Unprocessed People
1 Years Ago

I put beets in my smoothies every day. So good for you!

Ananda Lee
1 Years Ago

You always post the greatest recipes!

Samantha Bee
1 Years Ago

Tommy Deighan.. I think I saw something something similar to this!

Tommy Deighan
1 Years Ago

Samantha Bee new dish for you

Marina Gonzales
1 Years Ago

Yep, you're missing out...been making lots of good stuff ;)

Marina Gonzales
1 Years Ago

Sounds good! Saving the recipe so we can make it (:

Cynthia Brown
1 Years Ago

Marina Gonzales...Whatcha think?


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