Sharing my go-to quinoa salad recipe with a simple lemon dressing, as well, a variety of quinoa salad recipes to try! 

Since discovering how to make quinoa ages ago I have been hooked on making quinoa salads. I’ve made so many over the years that I’ve built up quite the collection, but I still have a favorite that I’ll always make time and time again.

That’s the recipe I’m sharing today. 

Bowl of quinoa salad with feta, spinach and tomatoes.

Quinoa is so easy to prepare, incredibly versatile, high in protein and fiber and can be served for just about any meal! I love using it for a variety of recipes, but where quinoa really shines is in salads!

While this salad is my go-to, I have a ton more including Greek Quinoa SaladRoasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad and Southwestern Quinoa Salad.

Side by side photos. One is of quinoa and water in a pot. The second is of cooked quinoa in a pot with a spoon and topped with parsley.

Cooking Quinoa for Salad

When it comes to cooking quinoa to use for salad, it’s basically the same process as normal, but I like to make my quinoa a day in advance, let it cool and chill it in the fridge overnight and then use it for the salad the next day.

Prepping it in advance is just so the quinoa doesn’t heat up the other salad ingredients. Of course it’s fine to cook it the same day and just let it cool a bit before using. I do this all the time when I’m in a rush!

Quinoa, tomatoes, avocado, feta, spinach, lemon juice, spices and red onion measured out in bowls.

Ingredients Needed: 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious (and super easy) quinoa salad:

  • baby spinach – baby spinach has a mild flavor and texture that works perfectly in this quinoa salad. I like thinly slicing it or shredded it so the pieces are bite-size and easy to eat. 
  • cherry tomatoes –  these little guys add such great flavor to the salad. 
  • red onion – the perfect way to add a bit of flavor and crunch. You can use yellow onion if needed. 
  • lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and pepper – instead of an elaborate dressing, we’re using these four items to add a light and refreshing flavor to the salad. 

Want to add more protein to this salad? Each serving of this salad already has 8 grams of protein, but you could always add more by tossing in about 1/2 cup of chickpeas or white beans or adding in some chopped grilled chicken. 

Side by side photos. First is a bowl of avocado, onion, quinoa, spinach, feta and tomatoes. The second photo is of all the quinoa salad ingredients tossed together in the bowl.

What to Serve with Quinoa Salad

Honestly, this salad pairs well with just about anything! It’s my go-to side for cookouts and potlucks and I always get asked for the recipe. Here are some pairing ideas:

How to Store Quinoa Salad

This salad stores super well!

To make it in advance: I would recommend leaving the avocado out and adding that in right before serving. The rest of the salad can be fully assembled and stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. 

To store leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. 

Bowl of quinoa salad with feta, spinach and tomatoes.

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Bowl of quinoa salad with feta, spinach and tomatoes.

Easy Quinoa Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This easy quinoa salad is packed with spinach, tomatoes, red onion, avocado and feta with a simple lemon dressing. It’s the perfect healthy side dish!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa: Rinse and drain quinoa. Add quinoa and water to a saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool for 5-10 minutes. 
  2. Toss: In a medium bowl, stir together cooked quinoa, chopped spinach, tomatoes, red onion and feta.
  3. Whisk dressing: In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Add dressing and avocado: Gently stir in dressing and avocado chunks. 
  5. Chill and enjoy: Serve immediately or let the salad chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving. If chilling, you can add the avocado right before serving to prevent browning.
  6. Store: Store salad in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Notes

  • Want to add more protein to this salad? Toss in about 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas or white beans or add in some chopped grilled chicken. 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 316
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 453mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 16g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg

Keywords: quinoa salad

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

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    50 comments
    1. Kristin
      April 10, 2021 AT 9:04 am

      This is my favorite lunch to bring to work! It’s so delicious. I know I’ll be making this regularly.

    2. Emma Huff Webster
      April 9, 2021 AT 7:45 am

      This was a great recipe to make and pack for a picnic. We added some chicken to make it a bit more filling. I do think this will make it into my meal prep rotation.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 9, 2021 AT 12:46 pm

        Woo! So glad you enjoyed this salad, Emma! Thanks for making it and for the review. I appreciate it!

    3. Jill
      April 7, 2021 AT 1:22 pm

      This is a quick, nutritious, and delicious salad! It is very customizable too. I was out of tomatoes so I subbed in bell peppers. Still yummy! Thanks for another delicious recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 7, 2021 AT 7:07 pm

        Yay! I’m so glad this salad was a hit for you, Jill. Love the bell pepper substitution. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Eleni Papadopoulos
      April 7, 2021 AT 7:29 am

      This salad is so delicious and perfect to pack for a work lunch! Tasty and healthy too! Thanks for another great recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 7, 2021 AT 12:00 pm

        So glad you love this salad, Eleni! Thanks for the review. I appreciate it!

    5. Gwen
      April 6, 2021 AT 7:30 pm

      So yummy! Had to sub some veggies with leftover ones I had in the fridge, but it was still amazing! That lemon dressing really makes this recipe fire🙌

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 7, 2021 AT 11:52 am

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Gwen. I’m glad you were able to make it work with the ingredients you had on hand. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Denise F
      April 6, 2021 AT 12:31 pm

      This was so simple & delicious and obviously healthy! Just left out tomatoes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 6, 2021 AT 7:46 pm

        Yay! So glad you loved this recipe, Denise. Thanks so much for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it.

    7. Katie H
      April 5, 2021 AT 7:50 pm

      This was amazing! I added peppers instead of tomatoes and also added zucchini. It was delicious! Highly recommend.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 9:18 pm

        Yay! So glad you loved this salad. Thanks for making it and for the review, Katie. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Laura
      April 5, 2021 AT 5:28 pm

      This is super easy and I love that it is clean- I had everything already! Thanks for Continuing to create awesome recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 9:19 pm

        I love it when that happens! So pumped you loved this recipe, Laura. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it!

    9. Susan A
      April 5, 2021 AT 4:36 pm

      This recipe is amazing! I doubled the recipe, had to sub scallions for the red onion and cucumber for the avocado (since it was all I had on hand). very tasty…I’ll definitely make this again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 9:19 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved this salad, Susan. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!

    10. Vernita Loren Gundy
      April 5, 2021 AT 2:58 pm

      Yum! I just made it! I am a huge lover of kale, so I used kale instead of spinach. I added chicken.
      Will definitely be one of my go to recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 9:20 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved this salad, Vernita. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!

    11. Ashlee
      April 5, 2021 AT 2:47 pm

      Wow! I prepped this salad and had it at the zoo and it was perfect! The flavor is amazing. I can’t wait to have this salad on repeat this summer!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 9:20 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you loved this salad, Ashlee. I so appreciate the review! 🙂

    12. Jenn
      April 5, 2021 AT 1:57 pm

      Delicious. Made this for lunch today. I had to sub cucumber since I didn’t have spinach and I also added a little parsley. Definitely would make again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved it, Jenn. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    13. alni calderon
      April 5, 2021 AT 11:27 am

      Yum!! This will be my lunch today!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 12:35 pm

        Let me know what you think of it!

    14. Argiro Vranas
      April 5, 2021 AT 10:06 am

      This was amazing! I’m always looking for ways to make quinoa more enjoyable and this was perfect!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 12:39 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Argiro. Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a review.

    15. Beau G. Williams
      April 5, 2021 AT 10:02 am

      Just tried this and loved it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 12:39 pm

        Yay! So glad you loved this salad, Beau. Thanks for the review!

    16. Liz
      April 4, 2021 AT 9:22 pm

      Absolutely amazing! I often find quinoa bland. This recipe is delicious! I doubled up because I wanted to have enough leftovers for lunches…so happy I did! So yummy.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 12:48 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Liz. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it!

    17. Anitazo
      April 3, 2021 AT 1:39 pm

      Perfect for spring/summer! Very light, fresh, and tangy. Next time, I will definitely double or triple the recipe. It wasn’t quite enough for my partner and I for lunch. So, doubling/tripling should help us to stretch it for a couple of lunches.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2021 AT 11:42 pm

        So glad this recipe was a hit!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    18. Justine
      April 2, 2021 AT 10:57 am

      If storing in the fridge or using for meal prep should you also leave off the dressing? Or does it store fine with the dressing in it?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 2, 2021 AT 1:46 pm

        It stores fine in the fridge with the dressing and allows the quinoa to really soak up the flavors of the dressing. That said, you can also leave off the dressing and add it right before serving. 🙂

    19. Sharon
      September 21, 2019 AT 8:45 am

      I just came across this a few short day before Autumn. Bright and beautiful.Im going to hang on to this.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 22, 2019 AT 2:04 am

        Hi Sharon, I’m so glad you came across this recipe! Definitely come back and let me know what you think if you end up making it!

    20. moniquevolz
      July 2, 2015 AT 2:50 pm

      Delicious! I love adding quinoa to practically all of my salads. This is a great round up!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2015 AT 2:56 pm

        Thanks lady! I almost included your Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad as well. I always swoon over that one. 🙂

    21. Maja
      July 2, 2015 AT 11:09 am

      I have been dying to try one of these! I think I am going to go with the avocado one 🙂
      xx M.
      nevermindnm.blogspot.com

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2015 AT 2:56 pm

        Yay! Let me know how it turns out.

    22. Courtney
      July 2, 2015 AT 8:04 am

      This is timely! I just ordered a massive bag of quinoa because it’s hard to find here in the cornfields. Our produce market has a teeny bag for like $10 or something crazy like that.

    23. Danika Maia
      July 2, 2015 AT 7:45 am

      I love quinoa because it’s so healthy and versatile but it’s so expensive in Denmark. it costs like $9 for a bag 🙁

      Danika Maia
      http://www.danikamaia.com
      BLOGLOVIN

    24. Cara’s Healthy Cravings
      July 2, 2015 AT 7:35 am

      We have a similar taste in salads, that’s for sure! I did a salad post the other day and linked up a lot of the same ones as you! Cheers to yummy salads

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