Quinoa Salad – Perfect High Protein Meal

Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is an amazingly versatile seed and being high in protein makes it a perfect meal or snack. This is my favorite quinoa salads and such an easy quinoa recipe, sometimes the ingredients change depending on what is fresh in the fridge but for the most part, this is the staple. This quinoa salad is a great source of fiber, it helps keep you feeling full and won’t result in a blood sugar crash and made even better with this anti-inflammatory healthy salad dressing. 

Quinoa Salad
Quinoa Salad and flowers
Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

This salad makes the perfect lunch or side dish. It has a great crunch and flavour to it, not to mention being a great source of protein. Top it off with the anti-inflammatory dressing and you have a winner. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Healthy, Paleo, vegan
Keyword: Quinoa Salad
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 341kcal


  • 3 cups cooked mixed organic quinoa wash it before you cook it
  • Fruit from one pomegranate
  • 1/2 red onion finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 1/2 cup parsley chopped finely
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 cup red cabbage finely diced
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup cooked adzuki beans


  • Let both the chickpeas and adzuki beans soak in water for an hour, overnight is best. 
  • Cook both the beans for about an hour, until they are soft and tender. 
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all your ingredients. You want an even size between all the ingredients that you add so that with every bite you can taste all of this salads deliciousness!
  • The dressing below can be added right away or as you eat the salad. The salad can be stored in the fridge for a few days 2-3. Pistachios can also be left out until the salad is ready to be eaten to keep them nice and crunchy – otherwise, as they sit in the salad they will soak up moisture and become soft.


You can also use canned beans if you wish. This will cut down on the time (Prep and Cooking time). 


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 827mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2135IU | Vitamin C: 56.1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4.9mg
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