Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad

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A delicious roasted broccoli quinoa salad with sweet potatoes, kale and a flavorful lemon dressing. Great as a gluten-free vegetarian main!

Oh my, do I have a treat for you today. This salad recipe is my new obsession and I have a feeling you’re going to be obsessed too!

A white plate piled with roasted broccoli quinoa salad. Salad also has kale, sweet potatoes, feta, and chickpeas. Checkered napkin below the plate and a fork to the side.

I have to thank my old boss for sending me the original recipe that I used as an inspiration when making this dish. She and I have the same taste when it comes to food and she’s always finding some of the best recipes so whenever she mentions that she made something that was delicious, I pretty much immediately put it on my to-make list.

Since this salad is jam-packed with so many of my favorite foods, I knew I was going to fall in love with it. You can never go wrong with roasted veggies and I love the fact that the kale is also roasted and gets a little crunchy. It’s like having kale chips in your salad!

Roasted broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes and chickpeas on a baking sheet.

Broccoli Quinoa Salad Ingredients

  • quinoa
  • water or veggie broth
  • broccoli
  • sweet potato
  • chickpeas
  • kale
  • olive oil
  • fresh parsley
  • feta cheese
  • lemon juice
  • apple cider vinegar
  • maple syrup
  • salt and ground pepper
  • crushed red pepper (optional)
A glass bowl filled with roasted broccoli quinoa salad. Salad also has kale, sweet potatoes, feta, and chickpeas. Checkered napkin below the bowl, and wood mixing spoons in the bowl.

Substitutions & Notes

Roasted Veggies – Have different veggies on hand or want to add your favorite roasted vegetable? Go for it!

Lacinato kale – I prefer Lacinato kale (also known as Dinosaur kale, Black kale or Tuscan Kale) for this salad, but you can use curly kale if that’s all you can find.

Chickpeas – I love the addition of roasted chickpeas in this salad but you could try a different type of bean!

Protein – The chickpeas and quinoa do add a good amount of plant-based protein to this salad but you could absolutely add a grilled protein to this salad to make it even more filling! This apple cider vinegar chicken would be delish.

Feta cheese – I love the addition of feta cheese, but if you’d like to make this salad vegan you can totally skip the cheese or use a dairy-free cheese.

A white plate piled with roasted broccoli quinoa salad. Salad also has kale, sweet potatoes, feta, and chickpeas. Checkered napkin below the plate.

How to Store Broccoli Quinoa Salad

This salad tastes wonderful warm, right after mixing the warm roasted veggies with the quinoa, but it also tastes great cold. I made one batch, ate it for dinner one night and then ate it for lunch and snacks several days in a row.

Store any leftovers in the fridge for 4-5 days. As the salad sits it tends to soak up the dressing and become dry. If needed, add an extra splash of lemon juice to brighten it back up before serving.

More Quinoa Salad Recipes:

Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad

4 from 102 votes
A delicious roasted broccoli quinoa salad with sweet potatoes, kale and a flavorful lemon dressing. Great as a gluten-free vegetarian main!
A white plate piled with roasted broccoli and quinoa salad. Salad also has kale, sweet potatoes, feta, and chickpeas. Checkered napkin below the plate and a fork to the side.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water, or veggie broth
  • ½ pound broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into ¼ – ½ inch chunks
  • 1 can, 15 oz chickpeas
  • 1 bunch laccinto kale, roughly chopped
  • olive oil, as needed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons feta cheese
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  • Rinse and drain quinoa if needed. Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover and let it cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat after 15 minutes and place quinoa in a large bowl to cool.
  • Drain and rinse your canned chickpeas. Place the chickpeas on a paper towel or hand towel to dry.
  • Toss broccoli and sweet potato chunks with enough olive oil to coat and season liberally with salt and pepper. Roast veggies at 425ºF for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add your kale and chickpeas to the roasting pan. Add a bit more oil, salt and pepper, if needed and toss. Roast for another 15 minutes. Stirring the veggies around at least once during the roasting process.
  • Once your veggies are nice and roasted, remove from the oven and combine them with the quinoa.
  • Chop parsley, crumble feta and add to the quinoa and vegetable mixture.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, vinegar and maple syrup. Gently stir in oil, and add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Toss dressing over quinoa/vegetable mixture. Taste and season with more salt and pepper before serving, if needed.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for 4-5 days. As the salad sits it tends to soak up the dressing and become dry. If needed, add an extra splash of lemon to brighten it back up before serving.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 324kcal Carbohydrates: 42g Protein: 11g Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 326mg Fiber: 8g Sugar: 3g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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    157 comments
    1. Peggy
      August 21, 2021 AT 7:22 pm

      5 stars
      This dish is sooo good!! The prep time is totally worth it, and it makes enough for several people!!! I felt healthier just putting it together, and the flavors are scrumptious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2021 AT 12:24 pm

        Ah yay! So happy to hear this recipe was a success, Peggy! Thanks for making it and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

    2. Anna
      June 22, 2021 AT 10:38 am

      5 stars
      Simply wonderful! Great combination of various flavours: zesty, savoury, sweet. Yumm!!! Thanks a lot!

      I didnt have enough quinoa so i made it with 1/4 cup dry quinoa + 1/2 cup dry couscous

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 22, 2021 AT 11:05 am

        Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Anna! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    3. Jackie
      June 3, 2021 AT 3:47 pm

      5 stars
      This was so so good! I love roasted veggies, this salad is everything I like!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 4, 2021 AT 11:42 am

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

    4. Brittany C.
      April 25, 2021 AT 1:49 pm

      5 stars
      Meal prepped this for my lunches this week. So delicious and flavorful!!! Pretty simple to prep and put together.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2021 AT 10:55 am

        Woo! That makes me so happy to hear, Brittany! I’m so glad this recipe was a success. Thanks for the review. It means the world to me!

    5. Kim
      April 23, 2021 AT 4:12 pm

      5 stars
      Love this recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2021 AT 11:23 am

        Yay! I’m so glad you’ve been loving this recipe, Kim! Thanks for the review 🙂

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