nutritional information

Per 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 167
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 53 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Refreshing Quinoa Salad

Refreshing Quinoa Salad

Serves 12

30 minutes or fewer

This recipe, created by Leah Matthews, won Best Side Dish in VT's 2011 Chefs' Challenge. Matthews came up with this tabbouleh-inspired salad while working as a sous chef at Twist, a Rhode Island restaurant specializing in gluten-free food. When the summer menu needed an additional item, she worked out a recipe in a matter of hours. "I grabbed seasonal and versatile ingredients from the refrigerator, knowing that cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon, and parsley form a flavor profile," she says. Using quinoa instead of wheat-based bulgur or couscous keeps the dish gluten-free.
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and finely diced (2½ cups)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely diced (¾ cup)
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped (½ cup)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon zest

1. Bring 2 quarts salted water to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, or 
until quinoa is tender and small “tails” bloom from grains.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread pine nuts on baking sheet, and toast 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool, then transfer to large serving bowl.

3. Drain quinoa, and rinse under cold running water. Drain again. Add quinoa to pine nuts, and 
stir in cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and parsley. Fold in oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

January/February 2011 p.74

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delicious and filling. I didn't bother to peel the cucumber but I didn't notice a difference. I also added feta.

Jessica - 2015-08-27 04:47:21

Delicious. Here is another great recipe by my favorite vegan chef, Shernell Cooke://

Lissa - 2015-08-26 22:30:58

this looks so good I think that i will try it tonight

Torey - 2015-04-11 18:04:49

Easy quinoa salad

Teri rudich - 2014-07-23 01:18:19

This was a great recipe. So glad I hear about it on the radio. In my opinion the pine nuts are essential, they make the dish. Thanks for sharing

leah music - 2014-07-02 20:16:09

See recipe so good

Jackie s - 2014-04-13 23:39:50

Yum...made this tonight. Was very fresh and refreshing. Didn't have pine nuts so I toasted walnuts. Came out great, will definitely be a go to summer salad!

Caroline - 2014-04-10 22:55:54

So-so. Tabooli is better.

Jillian TheGirl - 2013-10-29 02:48:38

Quinoa salad

Suzi - 2013-10-02 21:54:52

Great quinoa taboulle

beverley - 2013-08-23 12:51:41

Gluten free for Sunday

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nicole johnson - 2013-06-07 16:21:56

Awesome dish. I make it at least once a week and share with my neighbours. They LOVE it too. If I don't have feta I use queso fresco. Yummy! Thank you for sharing.

Heather Munns - 2013-06-04 12:11:53

Awesome refreshing salad. I added grilled eggplant diced up too. WOW. Thank you for sharing.

Heather Munns - 2013-05-30 11:45:32


Quinoa salad - 2013-05-27 14:47:49