Zesty Quinoa Salad — Fast, easy, and fresh! Bright flavors and loads of texture! This clean-eating salad keeps you full and satisfied! Healthy never tasted so good!! (No mayo and great for outdoor events or lunch boxes!)

overhead view of zesty quinoa salad on a plate

Zesty Quinoa Salad Recipe

I can’t believe something so healthy tastes so good. I’m normally indifferent to quinoa. I mean, it’s quinoa and usually not too earth-shattering. But I couldn’t stop eating this.

It’s a fast, easy dish that’s ready in 20 minutes and packed with big flavors and so much texture. It happens to be accidentally vegan, gluten-free, with no added sugar, and very little oil or salt.

There’s sweet yellow onion to boost the flavor, chewy and slightly sweet sun-dried tomatoes, Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds for a satisfying crunch, and parsley to add color and a mild herb flavor.

Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and lemon zest really brighten up the dish up and beautifully complement the sun-dried tomatoes. I use dry rather than oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes to keep things healthier.

vegan quinoa salad on a white plate

What’s in Zesty Quinoa Salad? 

To make this accidentally vegan quinoa salad, you’ll need: 

  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Quinoa 
  • Water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds

ingredients needed for zesty quinoa salad on a cutting board

How to Make Easy Quinoa Salad

Cook the onion in an oiled skillet until it softens. Add the dry quinoa to the skillet and toast for about 30 seconds before adding in the water, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Let the quinoa cook until all the liquid has been absorbed. 

Transfer the quinoa mixture to a large bowl and stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, almonds, and lemon zest. Enjoy! 

Zesty Quinoa Salad — Fast, easy, and fresh! Bright flavors and loads of texture! This clean-eating salad keeps you full and satisfied! Healthy never tasted so good!! (No mayo and great for outdoor events or lunch boxes!)

Can I Prep Zesty Quinoa Salad in Advance? 

Yes! This quinoa and sun dried tomato salad can be served warm and immediately or stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. The flavors develop over time and tastes better a day or two after making it, and can either be served warm or cold.

Can I Add Other Veggies? 

I’m sure you can, but keep in mind that the more veggies you add to this cold quinoa salad, the more dressing you’ll need. 

Zesty Quinoa Salad — Fast, easy, and fresh! Bright flavors and loads of texture! This clean-eating salad keeps you full and satisfied! Healthy never tasted so good!! (No mayo and great for outdoor events or lunch boxes!)

Tips for the Best Quinoa Salad

I use tri-colored quinoa and while I don’t think it tastes much different than white quinoa, I like the added color but use your favorite.

The salad is great right away but it’s a perfect make-ahead recipe because the flavors develop over time and I think it tastes better a day or two after making it.

You can either serve this vegan quinoa salad warm or cold, and since there’s no mayo it’s a great salad for lunch boxes, picnics, potlucks, and parties.

Lemon, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Almond Quinoa Salad
Yield: 4

Lemon, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Almond Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Bright flavors and loads of texture! This zesty quinoa salad keeps you full and satisfied! Healthy never tasted so good!!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • extra-large yellow onion, peeled and diced small
  • 1 cup quinoa (I use tri-colored)
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (zest the lemon before juicing it)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (about 3 ounces), sliced thinly (I use dry rather than oil-packed but oil-packed may be drained and substituted)
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, or to taste

Instructions

  1. To a large skillet or saucepan, add the olive oil, onions, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onions have softened and just begun to barely brown, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add the quinoa and stir it into the onions and let it toast for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the water, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice (zest the lemon before juicing it), salt, pepper, reduce the heat to low, cover pan, and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed. While it’s cooking, chop the remaining ingredients.
  4. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and add the sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, almonds, lemon zest, and stir to combine.
  5. Taste, check for seasoning balance, and if necessary add more salt, pepper, or possibly a pinch of sugar if you prefer it sweeter to balance the acids, or a pinch of cayenne adds heat.

Notes

  • Dish can be served warm and immediately or stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. The flavors develop over time and tastes better a day or two after making it, and can either be served warm or cold.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

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