Quinoa Salad {with Avocado}

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This avocado quinoa salad recipe is a powerhouse salad packed with good-for-you ingredients and the best healthy lemon vinaigrette. 

AVOCADO QUINOA SALADQuinoa Salad

We’re obsessed with this quinoa salad in my house lately. Not only is it healthy and packed with healthy ingredients – it tastes great! (and that’s not easy with healthy food sometimes)

Quinoa is one of my favorite “superfoods” and in salad form, it combines with other vegetables to make a well-rounded and healthy meal. This quinoa salad is fresh, light, a little tangy, filling, and so flavorful. The veggies work so well with the quinoa and the dressing goes perfectly with everything else.

The quinoa gives this salad tons of protein, and, paired with the healthy fats from the avocado, you’ll be amazed how filling this salad is. The toddler and I will eat this as a full meal for lunch and we also love eating it as a side dish with our favorite marinated grilled chicken.

Parsley shot

 

pouring dressing on the quinoa salad

Can I Make this Salad Ahead of Time?

Parts of this quinoa salad can be made ahead of time, but it is best enjoyed shortly after being dressed and assembled. You can prep all the veggies (minus the avocado), quinoa, and dressing ahead of time and store them separately in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, chop the avocado (you’ll want the avocado prepped as close to eating as possible) and add it to the salad along with the dressing.

If you aren’t planning on finishing this salad all in one day, I’d recommend keeping the dressing separate from the salad and only dressing what you’ll be eating.

And you can of course always halve the recipe, but you’ll probably want to make a full batch of the dressing to have on hand because it is THAT good. πŸ™‚

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Avocado Quinoa Salad

5 from 18 votes
This Avocado Quinoa Salad is a powerhouse salad packed with good-for-you ingredients and the best healthy lemon vinaigrette. 
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Avocado Quinoa Salad

5 from 18 votes
This Avocado Quinoa Salad is a powerhouse salad packed with good-for-you ingredients and the best healthy lemon vinaigrette. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword quinoa salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 as a side
Calories 313kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 8 ounces fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 large ripe avocados, pit removed and chopped
  • 1/4 of 1 bunch fresh cilantro, optional and to taste
  • 1/3 cup Feta Cheese, optional and to taste

Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, do not use regular mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon (2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice)
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Fluff and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, prep the dressing. Whisk the red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, oregano, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste), and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste) together in a small bowl. Slowly add in the olive oil into the vinegar mixture while whisking briskly. Whisk in the lemon juice. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge while prepping the vegetables.
  • Prep the veggies: Halve the cherry tomatoes, chop the cucumber (peel if desired, we leave the peel on), finely chop a quarter of a red onion, roughly chop fresh spinach, remove the pits and chop the avocados. Finely chop the cilantro if desired.
  • In a large bowl, add in all the prepped veggies and quinoa. Remove the dressing from the fridge and shake it well and then pour over the salad*. Toss the salad and then top with feta cheese if desired.
  • Enjoy immediately.

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Recipe Notes

*If you aren't planning on finishing this salad all in one day, I'd recommend keeping the dressing separate from the salad and only dressing what you'll be eating. Also, only prep the amount of avocados to what you'll be eating that day (so if you'll have leftovers, only add 1 avocado and add the other one the next day)

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 313kcal

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54 Comments

  1. This salad reminds me of the one I make using quinoa. I don’t usually add any dressing but yours sounds delicious so going to try it! I love your kid’s passion for veggies πŸ™‚ It’s great and makes your life easier, doesn’t it? No need to make him eat them πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, I haven’t tried yet this quinoa salad before right now it’s summer and I’m looking for a light and healthy food for my health and quinoa is the best, so definitely trying it.

  3. 5 stars
    This is so funny! I hope my little boy Thomas will be the same! It’s my dream πŸ˜‰ He’s 15 months and he loves veggies and fruits, but he doesn’t like yet salads. I guess he’s too young for that, right?

    Lovely, lovely salad! Eating clean is much easier when it looks like this! ?

  4. 5 stars
    We followed the recipe to a “T” and it was dee-licious! So fresh and flavorful! Added a little baked tilapia for a tasty, healthy meal. Thanks for the recipe–it’s a keeper!!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for lunch today, as I had on hand all the ingredients. It was fantastic! My husband loved it. Thank you, for this amazing recipe. I will definitely be making it again in the future, as it was easy, quick and delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this and loved it because it’s not overly Mediterranean. No olives, left out feta. Dressing is great. A keeper.

  7. 5 stars
    Just made this with halloumi skewers for a yummy vegetarian dinner. Delish! Will definitely be making it again seeing as it was such a hit with the youngsters.

  8. I made this for Friday night dinner along with grilled chicken. It was fabulous. Definitely going to add it to my school year lunch menu.

  9. Great salad and organized recipe. I could do without the lengthy, repetitive narrative at the beginning and just get to the recipe.

  10. Just made this as a side dish to go with salt and pepper squid. It was lovely. I have made too much dressing, how long can this be kept for in the fridge please

  11. 5 stars
    This was amazingly fantastic! Quite simple to make as well. I made this for a crowd and it was loved by all who like this kind of food. This will definitely become a regular dish I will make to share with others!

  12. 5 stars
    Absolutely LOVE this recipe & have been making it now for a bit over a month. One question, I made a little extra dressing & want to use it on other salads. How long will it stay good for when refrigerated?

    1. Yay!! So happy to hear it’s been a hit πŸ™‚ It will stay good 5-7 days in the fridge! Just make sure to shake it up again before adding (it might separate/oil harden — if that’s the case let it stand at room temperature for about 15-20 mins and then shake it up again). Enjoy!

    1. I haven’t personally tried any substitutes in this recipe so I can’t say for sure, but I imagine white wine vinegar should be okay (different though!)

  13. 5 stars
    I have made some small changes as my spouse is not a big fan of cilantro or feta cheese and I like both. With jut two of us in our elder years I do a half batch which still makes enough for four meals. I substitute parsley for cilantro and fresh grated parmesan for feta and leave out the spinach until ready to serve and then serve over spinach or butter lettuce with avocado slices. I make a full batch of dressing as it keeps well and is good on other salads.

  14. These look absolutely delicious! You have amazing food photography too :] As much as I know my girls will love these, I know I will too!

  15. This is SO good! Next time that I make this, I am going to add a jalapeno and chopped tomato. My farm-boy husband thought it was good, too!

  16. My husband said this was the best salad he’s had in a long time. I made half of it again today; I love it so much. Thinking about making a large jar of the dressing to put on every salad I eat ; it’s so delicious,

  17. 5 stars
    This is my favorite new salad! I’m taking it to my daughters tonight, where my sister is giving a yoga class! Which yoga is new to me, but looking forward to seeing my troop! Anyways Thank You

  18. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for an amazing quinoa salad recipe, and I found it! My husband, who doesn’t like spinach or tomatoes, is taking some for lunch tomorrow! My twin daughters (9), absolutely loved it too. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    I had all of the ingredients except the dijon mustard, My husband doesn’ like Dijon nor does he care for Quinoa. I added cumin powder in place of the Dijon as he likes cumin. He LOVED the salad and had a second helping. Thank you for posting this delicious healthy salad, We will have it again!

    1. I’m so happy you guys loved this recipe! And so glad you were able to work with what you had! Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

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