Recipes Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Published on August 15th, 2012 | by Heather Nauta


10 Killer Quinoa Salads

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

There’s nothing like a good quinoa salad… it’s filling, refreshing, and makes you feel awesome knowing the goodness you just put in your body.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) cooks like a grain, but botanically it’s not actually a cereal grass like wheat or barley or oats. It’s technically a seed, and often called a pseudo-grain.

Why is quinoa so healthy? Well, for vegans and vegetarians it’s always held up as the poster child for getting all the essential amino acids in the proper proportions (aka it’s a complete protein). Not that we need to get all the amino acids in one food, or worry about protein combining in one meal, but it never hurts.

But the benefits of quinoa go beyond protein. It’s full of the B vitamins, especially B6, folate, thiamine and riboflavin.

It’s also packed with minerals. 1 cup of cooked quinoa gives you 15% of your daily recommended intake of iron, 30% of your magnesium, and 58% of your manganese.

Data on quinoa from and Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods On The Planet, by Tonia Reinhard.

There are a ton of ways to use quinoa in recipes, but one of my favorites is to make it in a variety of quinoa salads. Here are some of my top picks:

Image Credit: Heather Nauta, Healthy Vegan Recipes

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Heather Nauta is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, showing you how to have fun while making simple, fast, incredibly delicious, healthy meals that leave you and your family satisfied and full of energy at She specializes in helping people get to an optimal level of health by getting them on a nutritionally-complete healthy eating plan, and supporting them to guarantee they achieve their health goals at

  • Debby Sunshine

    These are great quinoa salad ideas. I love the combination of quinoa with pine nuts.

    • Heather Nauta

      you can never have too many ideas for quinoa salads, right? ;) my only problem is that I want to eat ALL of them, right NOW!

  • Ricki

    My all-time favorite grain (or pseudo grain, that is!). So many great ideas here. . . thanks, Heather!

    • Heather Nauta

      aw, thanks Ricki, I’m totally in love with your idea to use blueberries in the salad dressing!

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