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Healthy Quinoa Salad with Oil-Free Tahini Dressing 🥗

Updated: Apr 15

Hey Veginners, I’ve got just the recipe for you! A delicious Quinoa Salad with Homemade Oil-Free Tahini Dressing that’s as nourishing as it is tasty. This salad is perfect for those seeking a hearty lunch or a light dinner, packed with protein and vibrant veggies. Optionally, adding lettuce to your Quinoa Salad will bring a lovely crisp texture and a fresh flavor. It’s a great way to bulk up the salad and make it even more refreshing. 🌱🥗

Here are a few types of lettuce you might consider:

  • Romaine: Crisp and sturdy, it holds up well with hearty ingredients like quinoa.

  • Arugula: Adds a peppery kick, which would complement the flavors in your salad.

  • Spinach: Offers a mild taste and packs in extra nutrients.

  • Mixed Greens: For a variety of textures and flavors.

Just chop or tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and mix it into the salad at the same stage you'd add the other vegetables. If you’re planning to store the salad or serve it later, you might want to add the lettuce last to keep it as fresh and crisp as possible. Let’s get started with the recipe! 🌿🥗

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Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Oil-Free Tahini Dressing

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


For the Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)

  • 1.75 cups water

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cucumber, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

  • 1/4 cup shiitake bacon, (optional for crunch)

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, (optional for crunch)

For the Homemade Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup tahini

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or to taste)

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • 3-5 tablespoons water (to thin to desired consistency)


Cook Quinoa:

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.

  2. Bring 1.75 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan, then add the quinoa. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool. Prepare the Dressing:

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, maple syrup, and black pepper. Add water one tablespoon at a time until the dressing reaches your preferred consistency. Assemble the Salad:

  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, parsley, and mint.

  5. Drizzle the tahini dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Adjust seasoning as needed. Serve:

  6. Garnish with shiitake bacon or chopped almonds for added texture and flavor.

  7. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge to let flavors meld together.

healthy quinoa salad recipe

Nutritional Information (estimated per serving):

  • Calories: 200 kcal

  • Protein: 10 g

  • Fat: 10 g

  • Saturated Fat: 1 g

  • Carbohydrates: 40 g

  • Dietary Fiber: 7 g

  • Sugars: 5 g

  • Sodium: 20 mg

This Healthy Quinoa Salad packs a powerhouse of nutrients, perfect for a whole foods plant-based meal or as a side to your main dishes. This recipe is not only gluten-free but also impressively low in sodium. Featuring fresh veggies, protein-rich quinoa, and a flavorful tahini blend, it's ideal for meal prep or a quick, nutritious lunch. Dive into a bowl full of vibrant colors and rich textures, all while keeping your diet clean and green. Enjoy your culinary creation Veginners! xo, Cheryl🍴😄

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