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Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad [Vegan]

This fresh, crunchy salad is the perfect lunch! It's also versatile, to meet all of your mealtime needs! It can be rolled up in a soft flour tortilla or sandwiched between rustic bread for a quick and portable lunch that's light and delicious.

Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan


  • 1 head broccoli, broken into small florets (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups kale, white parts removed and chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion (about 1/2 cup), finely diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, cut into fourths
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (1/3 cup dry), cooled
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise 
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Prepare and chop all ingredients.
  2. Add broccoli, kale, red onion, cucumber, grapes, almonds, and quinoa to a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, agave, lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Stir with a spoon or whisk and add the dressing to the vegetable mix. Stir until combined and serve.






I'm Christin, recipe developer and photographer of healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes for meat-free peeps. Check out my website, VeggieChick.com.



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29 comments on “Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad [Vegan]”

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Kristin Dean
7 Months Ago

Jeri Milford this looks amazing

Olivia Anna Isabell
7 Months Ago

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Jim Hatley
7 Months Ago

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Nélia De Caires
7 Months Ago

Michael Salvartzis this looks like one to try

Melanie Harriet
7 Months Ago

Let's make this when I'm back Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson
02 Jan 2016

You can be chef, I shall make the cocktails

Naturally Dee
7 Months Ago

Looks good! :)

Maria Canul
7 Months Ago

Quinoa is loaded with starch and low in protein. 1 cup of quinoa has 109g of carbs, and diabetic-friendly meals have lots of protein and approx 15g carbs. I have yet to see a recipe here that would be healthy for a diabetic. Moreover, high carbohydrate diets contribute to obesity and NAFLD for people with normal insulin function.

Marlee Kaiser
02 Jan 2016

Actually, broccoli and quinoa are good sources of plant protein, and there's lots of fiber in a salad like this, which is the type of complex carbs we are meant to run on. Research comparing the American Diabetes Association diet against a vegan diet found a vegan diet to be more effective to treat/reverse diabetes. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-treat-diabetes/ Look up Dr. Neal Barnard on youtube, etc. Go with what the research says. Sites to check out: www.pcrm.org and www.nutritionfacts.org for lots of research-based information.

Erin Malone
02 Jan 2016

The American Diabetes Association says "there's no cure for diabetes, but "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 days" & the Tree of Life Institute wdnt exist if that were true. There is a difference between managing/maintaining diabetes as opposed to treating/reversing it. I hope everyone who wants to regain their potential for health watches "Simply Raw"!

Marine Maid
7 Months Ago

transitioning to vegan, what pisses me off oftentimes is the number of and range of ingredients required in a recipe, as an example last recipe I looked at .... rose peppercorns, xanathan? gum and my all time favorite, "nutritional yeast" seems there's every other kind of yeast but can I find NUTRITIONAL! fcuk..,

Magda Amor
02 Jan 2016

Try transitioning with easier simpler recipes BUT on the other hand once you get these ingredients you will use them again and again. :) I read recipes and if they're complicated I just move to another

Jacqueline Joyce
02 Jan 2016

You can find nutritional yeast in any Holland and barratt and most health food stores. Xanthan gum actually isn't as rare as you might think, you can find in the baking section of most stores.

Kathy Mirescu
02 Jan 2016

This is is a great blog full of simple vegan recipes that (for the most part) don't require difficult-to-find ingredients: http://ohsheglows.com/ Her cookbook is also fantastic and highly recommended!

Kathy Mirescu
02 Jan 2016

As far as nutritional yeast goes though, it is an absolute STAPLE of any vegan diet and worth finding (and buying in bulk). Amazon sells it if you can't find it in any shops near you.

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