Recipe: Quinoa Summer Salad

If you’re anything like me, you’re already making yummy foods that are great for Summer. I just love Summer foods, fresh vegetables, and I LOVE salads. This is a great salad for Spring, Summer, Fall, or even Winter. You’ll love it. It’s great as a side or even a main dish!
2 cups of cooked quinoa (cook the quinoa in vegetable stock for added flavor)
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
2 green onion stalks, sliced
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 Tbsp of cilantro, chopped
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1 cooked zucchini, diced (I roasted mine)
1 cup of broccoli, cut small (either raw, steamed or roasted)
4 oz of Feta or Goat Cheese
1/4 cup of Olive oil vinaigrette (your preference)
*Make sure you’re using cooked quinoa!
In a large bowl add the cooked quinoa, then all the vegetables, but do not mix just yet.

Add the olive oil vinaigrette and now toss all the ingredients.

Then add the cheese and give it a final stir until the cheese is evenly distributed.

Quinoa Goat Cheese

Allow it to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

(Feel free to pin this on Pinterest or link to it in a blog post, but you must link back to my blog. You may not re-post the entire content.)


  1. Thanks so very much for sharing your delicious recipe on Recipe: Quinoa Summer Salad! It looks delicious! No one has ever answered me back when I ask this question. What exactly is Quinoa? Now This is the first time I’ve seen it up close and it sort of reminds me of a tiny noodle or some sort. I have no idea what it is. The salad looks very tasty and I’m sure it was very delicious! Thanks again for sharing your recipe with all of us! I honestly do appreciate it! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

    • It’s actually a grain! It’s texture is a mixture of rice and a pasta. The flavor is not that great, but you have to add stuff to make it flavorful. You have to cook it in liquid, so using a broth is great, as it will absorb those flavors.
      “this protein-packed grain contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavor than either of them.”

  2. Thanks so very much for sharing your delicious recipe on Recipe: Quinoa Summer Salad! It looks delicious! No one has ever answered me back when I ask this question. What exactly is Quinoa? Now This is the first time I’ve seen it up close and it sort of reminds me of a tiny noodle or some sort. I have no idea what it is. The salad looks very tasty and I’m sure it was very delicious! Thanks again for sharing your recipe with all of us! I honestly do appreciate it! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  3. That salad looks so good! I’ve never made Quinoa.

  4. Amber Ludwig says:

    Yum!! What a perfect healthier version of the traditional summer noodle salad!! I’ll definitely be bringing this to a BBQ this summer!!

  5. It seems like everybody is on a health kick these days. Maybe due to new years resolutions, who knows. I’ve never tried quinoa. It looks like tapioca to me. I’m not ruling it out, I’m just not much of a vegetable eater to begin with.

  6. This summer salad looks delicious! I love quinoa and using it different recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I finally got a chance to try quinoa . I actually like it and think it would be great in a salad. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious.

  8. This salad looks very tasty, although I have never tasted quinoa or atleast I don’t remember if I have loll, I will have to try this, I say only because I am loving all the vegetables you add 🙂 yum!

  9. I could eat salads everyday. This looks very good and is something that I would try.

  10. laura rubenstein says:

    OMG This looks so flipping good! I love easy recipes that are just mouth watering.

  11. Deborah D says:

    this looks so good!

  12. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I have been wanting to try a recipe using Quinoa lately. This sounds so good. Thank you so much for sharing

  13. thta look good and owuld be great slad to eat

  14. Jennifer Herman says:

    I have never tried quinoa or goat cheese so that would be a first!

  15. nicole dziedzic says:

    What a fun and colorful refreshing summer salad. I love recipes like this!

  16. This looks and sounds so good! I have never had a salad with goat cheese in it or have even tasted goat cheese but I will try anything once!

  17. looks so good

  18. Yum, this looks delicious, I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  19. I have all these ingredients. I’ll make this today.

  20. I could eat salad everyday. This looks very good. Thank you for the recipe

  21. Angela Warren says:

    This is a dish that I will be bringing to the next BBQ. I have never tried Quinoa, it looks delicious

  22. OMG, this looks sooooo amazing!!! Nice and light, just what I like to eat in the summer.

  23. Laurie Nykaza says:

    These look so good all the veggies with the Quinoa which my whole family loves. I like that you show the products that go into it so I had to pin this one!

  24. I have never tasted quinoa before but I am hearing about it alot lately. Your salad actually looks amazingly delicious! I have heard that quinoa is very good for you too! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  25. Elizabeth Tarlow says:

    I love Quinoa and your Salad looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try the Newman’s Own olive oil vinaigrette, but for the time being, I’ll use the Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette that I do have…wondering if it will be as good 🙂

  26. This looks so scrumptious I love different types of salads and with summer around the corner this one is a must have to add to my belt. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Joanne Gregory says:

    This looks delicious and so very healthy! With supper approaching I will keep this in mind for a supper out on the deck!

  28. The salad looks very tasty and I’m sure it is! I have been looking for a salad to use my box of quinoa in.I bought a box of quinoa to try and then wasn’t sure how to use it so this is perfect.We love vegetables and the olive oil and vinegar salad dressing.Thank you for posting this awesome recipe.

  29. The salad looks delicious. I have never made anything before with quinoa. Going to try it out.

  30. this quinoa summer salad sure sounds taste

  31. sounds delicious

  32. This sounds so very delicious and great to take to a bbq or even on a picnic thank you

  33. This looks delicious! What a perfect summer salad for a cookout!

  34. Sounds delicious I am starving now lol. Waiting on dinner and I come across this.

  35. laura rubenstein says:

    This looks amazing! I would love to try Quinoa.

  36. This look so delicious! I think my teen would even eat this!

  37. slehan says:

    Smart of you to state in two different places: COOKED QUINOA. Just wouldn’t work if raw…

    slehan at juno dot com

  38. denise low says:

    I love all kinds of salads. This one looks great. Thank you for the entry.

  39. Thanks for sharing! Looks totally amazing! I’m pinning!

  40. Dandi D says:

    This looks really refreshing and yummy. I will have to try it soon!

  41. This looks delicious and a perfect salad for a hot summer night. I love the mixtures of the tomatoes and the other veggies.

  42. Salad is a perfect meal on a warm day when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. I still haven’t tried quinoa yet.

  43. This looks very delicious. I love all kinds of salad and I know that I would love this one to.

  44. Meghan Castillo says:

    Thanks you for sharing and all the tips. I love salads and always have a hard time trying to think of new things. I have found many great tips on your blog.

  45. I made this and it was a huge hit at my house I recommend it to everyone!

  46. anonymous says:

    perfect for hot summer days that are coming

  47. Cynthia C says:

    This looks so good and healthy too. I need to try quinoa.

  48. SaraAB87 says:

    I love summer for foods like this. I love quinoa.

  49. Christine Oh says:

    This looks super delicious!! I want to try!!

  50. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This looks like a good recipe for the summer. I have not used quinoa much and want to try it in different recipes.

  51. anonymous says:

    it looks tasty

  52. This really looks like a very great summer recipe for a nice, hot day. It would go just dandy for lunch.

  53. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I reallly enjoy quinoia and I have not had it in so long. I will be making this recipe this summer for sure. Thank you so much for sharing

  54. This looks so fresh and delicious – perfect for a summer day! I love all the colors of the veggies, too!

  55. Gloria Walshver says:

    Sounds healthy and delicious to make.

  56. I am getting so that I adore quinoa, it’s so fresh and light in foods.

  57. Jennifer M says:

    I have been hesitant to try quinoa, but this looks so good. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Cassidy Ciazza Morelli says:

    Tastey salad and a great source of non- meat protein in the quinoa. I love feta cheese and that has protein and calcium as well.

  59. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This Quinoa Summer Salad looks delicious! Looks great for summer! I love the Paul Newman dressing. Thanks for the recipe as I will definitely be making it. I already have it pinned.

  60. Marti Tabora says:

    I definitely like salads a lot in the summer and so does my family, I make a lot of pasta salads and just change up the ingredients. I think I will give this one a try and see what everyone thinks about it.

  61. Renee Smith says:

    I’m not a big fan of quinoa but my daughter is. I will gave to make this for her and maybe I will even like it.

  62. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This Quinoa salad is a great summer dish. Thank you so much for sharing

  63. Cindy S. says:

    This looks like a very healthy AND tasty salad. I really love quinoa. I can’t wait to try this!

  64. I do eat a lot of salads in the summer. This sounds like a great recipe, I’ll definitely try it!

  65. This looks sooo GOOD!!! 0-o Pinned this for later cause I’m going to make this and probably eat it all in one sitting. I love quinoa! ^-^

  66. Tamra Phelps says:

    I keep seeing quinoa recipes but I haven’t tried it yet. This looks really good for a hot Summer day. I’ll try it.

  67. my ex turned me on to quinoa. it’s actually pretty good when mixed with certain flavors. this looks delicious 🙂

    thanks! xoxoxo

  68. I know I’m way behind the times, but I’ve never had quinoa! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe…I love all the other ingredients!

  69. I have never tried quinoa. We have recently started eating healthy and I think this would be a great recipe to add to our meal plan.

  70. that’s an ideal recipes for summer..
    easy and fast to make and it look so delicious

  71. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This makes such a great meal. I really appreciate this recipe. Thank you for sharing

  72. That looks so good and fresh! Even though summer is ending soon, I’m so hoping to keep the fresh and healthy flavors in the fall and winter.

  73. I know that summer is technically coming to an end (even though it is still hot here), but this salad looks amazing! I would definitely eat this no matter what time of year it is!

  74. This sounds really good and easy to make, thank you for sharing the recipe with us <3

  75. I love salads like these, very refreshing and easy to make. Thanks again for posting.

  76. Love all the bright colors; this looks so appetizing, AND healthy.

  77. I’ve still never tried quinoa. I doubt that I ever will. A salad sounds pretty good though.

  78. Edna Williams says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe! That would be nice with supper!

  79. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This recipe is great. It fits right in with my trying to eat healthier diet. I really appreciate you sharing this

  80. clojo9372 says:

    Thanks a lot for this. I am trying to lose some more weight and I have noticed in many nurtrition books quinoa is listed as a good grain to incorporate in one’s diet. I appreciate all the recipes I can get. 🙂

  81. Perfect for a picnic. Thanks for sharing!

  82. Isn’t Quinoa the best stuff. I wonder where it was before the year 2000, because before that it simply didn’t exist.

  83. I love quinoa! This looks like a delicious way to try it, and to have others try it for the first time, too!

  84. Healthy and fresh taste.

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