Quinoa Recipes: Healthy Quinoa & Veggie Salad

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The best DETOX quinoa salad -- such healthy and delicious ingredients that are so good for you and help detox your body. Recipe from chelseasmessyapron.comA super healthy “detox” quinoa and veggie salad made with all natural ingredients that are good for you and help to detox your body!A super healthy “detox” quinoa and veggie salad made with all natural ingredients that are good for you and help to detox your body!

A delicious and healthy quinoa recipe made with all-natural ingredients.

On a quinoa kick? Make sure to check out my delicious collection of other quinoa recipes as well, such as this quinoa salad, these crockpot quinoa tacos, and this quinoa soup!

Detox Quinoa Salad and plenty of quinoa recipes

It’s no secret that I LOVE quinoa:) And luckily so does my whole family; we eat it in our house ALL THE TIME. Come over to dinner to my house during the week and there’s a good chance there’s a quinoa recipe being made!

So I know what you’re thinking…

So what’s the deal with quinoa recipes anyway?

Not only do I think quinoa tastes GREAT, it’s considered a superfood – meaning it’s exceptionally healthy and good for you.

Many people use it as a substitute for white rice, and the great thing is that it’s much healthier than regular white rice: it has much fewer calories and carbohydrates than rice, with much more fiber and protein. All good things!

It also pairs exceptionally well with a lot of dishes, and can be right at home in a variety of meals – such as this salad!

Everyone on-board the quinoa train now??

Front shot of ingredients used in quinoa recipes

This salad is a perfect combination of a healthy serving of quinoa, along with other healthy ingredients and vegetables. And the best part? It actually tastes good. Really good:)

I hope you love this salad as much as we do, and be sure to check out my other quinoa recipes below. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Overhead shot of quinoa recipe - a quinoa salad with veggies

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Quinoa Recipes: Healthy Quinoa & Veggie Salad

4.97 from 33 votes
A delicious and healthy quinoa recipe made with all-natural ingredients.
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Quinoa Recipes: Healthy Quinoa & Veggie Salad

4.97 from 33 votes
A delicious and healthy quinoa recipe made with all-natural ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Healthy
Keyword quinoa recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 131kcal
Author Chelsea Lords


  • 1 cup quinoa thoroughly rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 3-4 ounces spinach, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5-6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large limes, juiced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Follow package instructions to cook the quinoa. Transfer to a large bowl and aside to cool completely.
  • To the bowl with the cooled quinoa, add the chopped spinach, rinsed corn, rinsed black beans, cherry tomatoes, chopped green onions, and finely chopped cilantro.
  • Toss together.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, about 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, ground cumin, and red pepper flakes. Pour over the salad and toss to coat.*
  • Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.


Recipe Notes

*Only add dressing to what you plan on eating in the same day. Unfortunately, this salad doesn’t sit super well with the dressing. If you are planning to have leftovers, toss only what you’ll being eating on day 1 with the dressing. Other than that, this salad can store in the fridge pretty well for up to 3 days.Β 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 131kcal


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  1. Yum, I love salads like this! We eat pretty healthy all the time (with indulgences – don’t get me wrong!) but I love this time of year when everyone is posting such great healthy recipes! And this looks delicious!

    1. I love it too! So motivating to get back on track. Like your delicious couscous salad, I need to try that out next!

      1. What I love about these salads is how incredibly full they make you feel while being so light at the same time,Thank you so much Ms. Chelsea I’ll be making this soon.Xoxo

  2. Happy New Year:) This salad looks great Chelsea! We usually try to eat a lot of veggies and salad but definitely over indulged on heavier meals and treats over the holidays so a detox salad sounds perfect:) Love quinoa but have never tried cooking it directly with tomato bouillon but it sounds fantastic and really flavorful!

    1. Thanks Kelly! Happy New Year to you as well! πŸ™‚ I’m in the same boat haha, trying to bring in more healthy meals. I love the tomato bouillon in it, you’ll have to let me know what you think if you end up giving it a try!

  3. This looks so amazing! I bet I could talk my man into eating quinoa if it came with black beans and cilantro, two of his Cuban-self’s very favorite things!

  4. Chelsea, this looks absolutely gorgeous! I am probably the only one around that has not tried quinoa. Now, I am going to. Everything about it looks very appetizing. I’ve just never found a great recipe… until now! I’ll let you know when I make it… pinned and printing out. (=

    1. Thank you so much Gloria! Oh I’m so excited you are going to try it and finally try quinoa! I hope you like it. My husband wasn’t sure about it at first, but he likes it now and I’m pretty obsessed with it! Thanks again πŸ™‚

  5. Quinoa is still fairly new to me so I love finding yummy recipes! This is so colorful, and the pictures are gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays ….. I’ve pinned this and shared it on FB πŸ™‚

  6. I LOVE a good quinoa salad. This looks fabulous! You have rekindled my quinoa salad desires and I am going to have to do something about it soon!

  7. We love the tomato bouillon. We get the tomato and chicken bouillon and always use that to flavor rice and quinoa when appropriate!!

  8. I tried this a few days ago. I was unable to find the tomato bouillion at the Navy commissary and only found quinoa that had flavors in it. I’m new to quinoa and will have to find it at another store because i love eating it. I found that this recipe was just OK. I usually love salads of this type but this one just had something missing. I experimented with different things in my individual servings to see what would improve it. I finally stumbled on it. Balsamic vinegar. a little sprinkle of that on my serving did the trick. I will be using that inthis recipe in the future.

    1. Thanks for commenting Val! Oh that’s a great idea to add Basalmic vinegar – I will have to try it! I didn’t want to add a dressing, because generally dressings aren’t a part of a detox, but basalmic vinegar would work perfectly and not take away from the detoxifying factors of the salad. Thanks again – I’ll add that to the post!

  9. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh. Usually detox salads are so nasty and just bland. Even though this didn’t have a dressing, I loved it so much. It was so tasty and flavorful and felt good to eat something so completely healthy. Thanks for sharing this recipe, you have a new follower.

    1. Haha I have definitely had some gross detox salads! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know and for showcasing that salad! I’ll definitely stop by tomorrow. Thanks again Katie πŸ™‚

  10. 5 stars
    I made this and love it. It is not only delicious but very pretty with all the colors. Could you break this down as to Calories, Fat etc?

    1. Thanks so much Cheryl, I’m glad you liked it! Okay I just crunched the numbers and have a nutrition label I’m adding to the bottom of the post!

  11. Oh my! I have found your website thru Recipe Girl’s crock pot post last week. I just love your recipe’s. Keep up the great work.

    1. Oh what a fun comment to receive! Thank you so much Christien – this really meant a lot to me! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week!

  12. 4 stars
    I am going to try this. It’s been hard trying to find healthy kidney friendly meals. I’m glad I stumbled on it.

  13. I made this today and it was delish. The only thing is I put feta and balsamic vinaigrette on mine. I would recommend this to anyone. Super delish πŸ™‚

    1. Serving size is listed in the recipe card. I don’t have nutrition facts on all of my recipes, yet πŸ™‚ I’d recommend My Fitness Pal in the meantime

  14. 5 stars
    I have made this salad 3 times now and it is my all time favourite, easy to make and low in calories. I am taking it to a party Friday night as well.

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve just made this for my four year old who is lately a very picky eater, and WE BOTH LOVE IT!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe and for helping me get my kid to eat an unprocessed meal where the ingredients actually grew from the ground!

    1. Ahhh it’s the best when you find a healthy recipe your kids will eat! My boys love this recipe too! Thanks Lindsay! πŸ™‚

  16. 5 stars
    I finally broke down and tried Quinoa this week and really liked it. This salad looks like a something my Bible Study/House Church members would enjoy. My question is the serving size. Does this make a salad meal for six or a side dish for 6?

  17. i’ll be honest i’ve been eating very unhealthy my entire life, mainly because that’s what i grew up with and healthy food is very expensive, but today i got a salad from chick fill-a (ironic i know) and it tastes better than ANY burger or pizza or any other garbage that i’ve ever tried.
    while i love cherry tomatoes but they’re kinda expensive so hopefully regular tomatoes are not too bad with it every now and then lol

  18. I was always scared to cook quinoa don’t ask why but I came across your recipe and said β€œhey why not?” Although I did not have spinach I substituted it with an avocado. It was so delicious my husband who’s a chef loved it!!! Next time I’ll try it with sautΓ©ed mushrooms.

  19. 5 stars
    Thank you for creating this! Just tried it for first time and it was delicious. I added the scallions on top of the quinoa when it came off the heat, to steam them a touch and take away a little of the “onioness”!!! Was perfect for me πŸ™‚

  20. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was very tasty! Halved the dressing recipe (only had one good lime in the bunch), and it was plenty for the entire recipe for us. We also added feta cheese to the tops of our bowls. Will make again.

  21. 5 stars
    Loved the salad πŸ‘Œ it was yummy πŸ˜‹ would like to make some healthy,less carbs, veggy options. Thanks

  22. 5 stars
    I made a couple of small changes – I roasted some frozen corn & replaced red pepper flakes with hot sauce.
    Will make this again!!!

  23. 5 stars
    Really good! Made this without cilantro (as I didn’t have any on hand), and had to use lemon instead of lime, but loved it anyway because it tasted so crisp and refreshing!

    1. Way to work with what you had! I’m so glad you loved this recipe! Thanks for your comment Chrissie! πŸ™‚

  24. 5 stars
    Very good. Of course I modified it, cooking the quinoa in chicken broth with diced Hatch green chile and garlic and added one diced cucumber as well as diced avocado to each bowl. I didn’t catch the dressing note until it was too late, DP hopefully it still tastes ok tomorrow since I have plenty leftover… Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for sharing those tips on some of the substitutions you made! πŸ™‚

  25. 5 stars
    I enjoyed this recipe, it was simple and quick to make. I only used two tablespoons of olive oil and I thought it turned out rather well. It’s filling and cool, perfect for a hot day!

  26. 5 stars
    So delicious! The only thing I did different is add a clove of garlic to the dressing (I just threw it all in my nutribullet) and a handful of cotija cheese. A complete meal by my estimation!

  27. 5 stars
    Looking for a way to try some new and healthy recipes and spice up my weight loss program, I came upon this one. Had some quinoa in the pantry but had not touched it. I made this and was blown away at how tasty it is and so very satisfying. Try it!

  28. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe as I’m new to quinoa. OMG, it’s so flavorful and even my 8 year old son liked it. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Amazing!

  29. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious. I added a few avocado slices. Yummy πŸ˜‹ it was a hit at work! A real crowd pleaser. Thank you!

  30. This recipe is amazingly delicious! We ate the entire salad in one day, so I just gave up on rationing the dressing and dressed the last half. Thank you for sharing. My husband has successfully avoided quinoa for years, but he loved this salad and immediately requested seconds.

    Question – after I cooked 1 cup of quinoa, there seemed to be a lot, so I only used part of that full, cooked cup in the salad. Was the intention to use all of the quinoa? Thanks again, and I will return for more recipes!

  31. I was going to make this today but realize I don’t have spinach but do have kale and arugula = what do you think would be better to substitute ?

  32. 5 stars
    Fabulous recipe! I did cook the quinoa in low sodium vegetable broth and the omitted salt in dressing. Sooo good!

  33. Great flavor. Enjoy the taste. It would have helped to see the note at the beginning. Hope it stores well still altho I added the dressing over the whole thing

  34. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this each Sunday night for weeks as a “prep” lunch for my husband and I. I do put the dressing on, but I skip adding the tomatoes. Instead I make a batch of fresh pico and just spoon some in when I eat it. I also add a 1/4 of an avocado when I prepare it. It’s a great way to keep lunch healthy and not get the 3pm sleepy feeling.

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