Quinoa salads are a life saver for those eating gluten free!!! When I first had to make the switch to eating gluten free, one of the biggest challenges was lunch.  I was used to eating a sandwich, and all of a sudden sandwiches were not so appetizing.  The cardboard bread just wasn’t doing it for me, but I quickly discovered quinoa salads.  Let me tell you, life just hasn’t been the same since—in a good way.

I feel solely responsible for converting most of Toronto to eating quinoa salads.  At first, on summer weekends at friends’ cottages, I would bring a small amount just to make for myself for lunch while everyone else ate sandwiches.  Then, people kept asking to try it, and asking for a bit more.  Now, it’s basically assumed (and anxiously anticipated) that lunch will consist of a massive quinoa salad filled with veggies and a great dressing.  So for today’s post, I want to share with you my favourite quinoa salad recipe.

The Ultimate Quinoa Salad Recipe

Prep time-25 mins
Total time-25 mins
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
  • Salad:
  • 1 bell pepper (any colour)
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 can of black beans (I use Eden Organics)
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • Dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • juice of 1.5 lemons
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil (toasted brings out a better flavour)
  • ⅛ cup tamari
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions
  2. Meanwhile, chop all vegetables
  3. Blend all dressing ingredients in food processor
  4. Mix cooked quinoa and chopped vegetables
  5. Pour dressing over top of quinoa (you may not need all the dressing)

Mandy King is a Holistic Nutritionist and Gluten Free Guru who shares her expertise with She Does The City. For recipes and nutrition tips, visit her website, HEAL. Follow Mandy on Twitter @mandyking_HEAL. Like Healthy Eating and Living on Facebook here. You can also find Mandy on Pinterest and Instagram.