This healthy quinoa salad is great to make in advance. The flavors only get better as they marinate in the fridge. Feel free to use this recipe as a guide. It’s the perfect chance to experiment in the kitchen. Leave out any ingredients you’re not crazy about or don’t have in your pantry, and add a few of your personal favorites. Except for cooking the quinoa, you don’t even need to measure, unless that’s your savvy style. Go ahead and give yourself the freedom to chop and throw in the pot. This healthy quinoa salad is the perfect base recipe for so many delicious combinations!
Healthy Quinoa Salad [Vegan]
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla (about 1/2 an onion)
- 1/2 cup pepper, diced (you choose your favorite hot or sweet varieties)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1/3 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- Rinse quinoa and set aside.
- Add vegetable stock to a medium-size pot and bring to a boil.
- Add the quinoa to the vegetable stock, stir and cover. Turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove quinoa from heat; leave covered and let sit for 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl add quinoa and all remaining ingredients, stir.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.