16 Quinoa Salad Recipes for Summer

Summer is so close, I can taste it, and that means plenty of cookout, picnic and potluck fun. These fresh quinoa salad recipes are delicious alternatives to heavy pasta salads and slaws.

Quinoa seems to be getting more popular by the day. If you’ve been wanting to get in on the health benefits of this superfood, a quinoa salad is a great place to start.

Building a quinoa salad is a lot like building any other grain salad. Start with cooked, cooled quinoa and add raw and/or cooked veggies, and finish it off with a good dressing. You can also toss in fresh or dried fruit, nuts or seeds, and fresh herbs to make things even more fun!

Quinoa Salad Recipes

If you prefer to follow a recipe, these quinoa salads are all delicious starting points!

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1. Instant Pot Summer Quinoa Salad

Broccoli, pecans and plenty of fresh strawberries make this fresh summer salad super satisfying. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can cook the quinoa for this salad recipe on the stovetop instead.

2. Summer Basil Quinoa Salad

Fresh basil and crunchy pine nuts bring amazing flavor and texture to this healthy quinoa salad. Toss in that tasty balsamic dressing, and you are in for a treat and a half!

3. Superfood Vegan Quinoa Salad With Pomegranate Seeds

If you’ve been trying to eat more superfoods, this salad is IT! It’s packed with quinoa, kale, pomegranate seeds, red onion and avocado. Just add a fork!

4. Mango Edamame Quinoa Salad

This hearty quinoa salad recipe is a great meal prep recipe, too! It’s full of beans, veggies and fruits, making it a satisfying one-bowl meal.

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5. Quinoa Fennel Chickpea Salad

This flavor-packed quinoa salad stars fennel, arugula, radishes, and tomatoes in a parsley-mint dressing. Hemp hearts and chickpeas up the protein factor.

6. Quinoa Salad with Turmeric and Warming Spices

This simple recipe doesn’t skimp on the flavor! Turmeric gives the quinoa a vibrant, yellow hue, while coriander, smoked paprika and fresh parsley provide a flavor boost. This is perfect summer comfort food!

7. Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

Roasted sweet potato and buttery arugula are lovely tossed with quinoa and a super simple mustard-maple dressing.

8. Greek Goddess Quinoa Salad

If you love a Greek salad, you’ll love this hearty vegan version starring quinoa! This salad uses tofu and super flavorful dressing instead of feta cheese.

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9. Vegan Quinoa Salad w/ Fresh Dill & Lime Vinaigrette

The tangy, dilly dressing on this vegan quinoa salad recipe is a perfect contrast to the crunchy veggies and sweet, green grapes that you toss into the bowl.

10. Brussel Sprout Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries

Thinly-sliced Brussels sprouts and crunchy walnuts pair perfectly with the sweetness from dried cherries in this meal-worthy quinoa salad. The citrus-maple dressing really takes this salad to the next level!

11. Rainbow Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Bring on the COLOR! This beautifully simple salad features a rainbow of veggies and a slightly-spicy maple-lime dressing that will knock your socks off.

12. Tropical Fruit Quinoa Salad

Don’t you love sweet and spicy flavors together? This fruit-forward salad has that covered with a sweet mix of tropical fruits and coconut and a spicy ginger dressing.

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13. Thai Quinoa Salad

Crunchy, fresh veggies and quinoa doused in a Thai-style peanut sauce? Don’t mind if I do!

14. Quinoa Salad with Miso Orange Dressing

This salad keeps it simple, with quinoa, tomatoes and bean sprouts. The sweet-and-savory Miso Orange Dressing is where the excitement really comes in!

15. Southwest Quinoa Taco Salad

This corn and bean quinoa salad is simple to make but full of flavor. You use jarred salsa as the dressing to keep things easy yet delicious.

16. Kale Quinoa Salad with Baked Tofu and Glory Bowl Dressing

Kale, beets, carrots and pumpkin seeds make this salad as tasty as it is colorful. The best part, though, is the “Glory Bowl” salad dressing—starring nutritional yeast—that you use to top it off.

Do you have a recipe for quinoa salad that you love to make? I’d love to hear about your favorite flavor combinations in the comments!

All images via recipe authors, used with permission.


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Sue M
Sue M6 days ago

Some of these look really good - must try them out

Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace6 days ago

Thank you for the great recipes

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Joan E R6 days ago

Great, thanks!

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Leo C7 days ago

Thank you for sharing!