Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe

There are some foods that just seem to be powerhouse foods – packed with nutrition and flavor!  Quinoa is definitely one of those foods.  As a bonus, it is gluten free so people with a gluten allergy or intolerance can enjoy it as well.

Quinoa is very versatile – We have used in breakfast recipes, main dishes, cookies, and salads!  My sister-in-law made this Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe a few nights ago. Right away I knew it was going to be a winner.  It is not only beautiful, but it is fresh and full of flavor packed ingredients.   It is also a great way to use some of your garden fresh ingredients – bell peppers, cilantro and tender young carrots.  The ingredients are diced fine making it a great way to pack a lot of nutrition in to each bite for your little ones!

Summer Quinoa Salad. Fresh, packed with nutrition and can be a main dish or a side!

This recipe can be made any time of year, but we especially like to make it in the summer using ingredients that are fresh from our garden.  There is just something about carrots grown in your garden that make them taste fresh and earthy.  We also love growing bell peppers in our garden.  You can use any color that you want, but we think the red and yellow look super pretty together.

Summer Quinoa Salad. Fresh, packed with nutrition and can be a main dish or a side!

The other great thing about this salad is that you can chop everything ahead of time. You can even cook your quinoa beforehand. Whenever you are ready to serve it, or if you are taking it to a party, it’s super fast to assemble.    You can even assemble it before and keep it in your fridge to combine all of the flavors together.  I feel like curry is a flavor that gets better with time. If you combine the ingredients and let them soak up that yummy flavor it will taste more flavorful when you serve it.

Summer Quinoa Salad. Fresh, packed with nutrition and can be a main dish or a side!

Make sure you rinse your quinoa before you cook it to remove the bitter taste it can have.  We love quinoa because it is a complete protein. This makes it so salads like this can be used as your main dish.  If you feel like you need a little more to it, you can always add chicken.  We love to serve this salad with a yummy crusty bread on the side and a big bowl of juicy, sweet watermelon.  The perfect summer meal!

Summer Quinoa Salad. Fresh, packed with nutrition and can be a main dish or a side! Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe

Summer Quinoa Salad

Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe
Serves: 4


  • 1 1/2 cup – water
  • 1 cup – quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, red
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, yellow
  • 1 small (3" long) – onion, red
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – curry powder
  • 1/4 cup – cilantro
  • 1 fruit (2" dia) – lime
  • 1/4 cup – almonds, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped – carrot
  • 1/2 cup – cranberries, dried
  • 1/8 teaspoon – salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon – black pepper, ground


  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil over high heat in a saucepan, then pour in the quinoa, cover with a lid, and continue to simmer over low heat until the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, pour into a mixing bowl, and chill in the refrigerator until chilled.
  2. Once chilled, stir in the red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, red onion, curry powder, cilantro, lime juice, sliced almonds, carrots, and cranberries. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 241 12%
  • Fat: 5 g 8%
  • Carb: 41 g 14%
  • Fiber: 6 g 24%
  • Protein: 8 g 16%
  • Sugar: 5 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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This is such a pretty summer salad. I LOVE that you added curry powder. It looks delicious! 🙂

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Sandy says:

I use TURMERIC powder when I cook my quinoa with my rice cooker. Turmeric belongs to the ginger family. It’s not spicy, and after it’s been cooked, it’s almost odorless. It gives it a nice yellow color, yet it doesn’t has the strong curry smell. Curry powder is made of cumin, clove, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, etc. All these are powerful antioxidants.

Mel says:

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Jenny says:

Thank you for sharing this delicious Quinoa salad. We featured your recipe on our blog this week!

Joanne says:

No, Quinoa and Couscous are not the same thing. Quinoa is a grain from the Andes. Couscous is like a micro round pasta.

Manasi says:

Thanks Tracy and Lynne!! I am looking for dairy free too. So looking for plain Quinoa..

Lynne L says:

so does Costco. I was just in there earlier today. Pretty good price. Also saw Quinoa macaroni, which I buy all the time, as I’m gluten free. Do NOT use couscous if you have to be gluten free…it isn’t, but quinoa is.

Tracy says:

Target sells Quinoa…….

Manasi says:

I have Rainbow foods, target, costco, cubs food in my area. Will I get any one of them?

MC says:

Whole Foods and Fairway both sell Quinoa. Not sure if you have those in your area, though.

Manasi says:

From which store to buy Quinoa and curry pwd ?

Manasi says:

From which store I can get Quinoa and curry pwd?

Natalie says:

You could use cumin – I think that would taste delicious!

Sandra says:

Just wondering what u can use instead of curry powder as I dont like that smell. Thanks

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Natalie says:

I would say 4-6 servings depending if you are serving children or adults.

jessica buss says:

How many servings does this recipe give you?

Veronica Ferreira says:

Quinoa and couscous are not the same thing. Couscous is made from semolina flour — the same as many pastas. It is better understood as tiny bits of pasta. Quinoa is a grain/seed. Quinoa is far better, nutritionally speaking.

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sallyjrw says:

Quinoa is a seed. I think of couscous more like tiny balls of rice, they have a slightly starchy taste. I don’t get that from quinoa. Typing this out makes me want to add maybe I have a more refined palate. They are both small and round.

Elaine Suter-Rink says:

This looked so delicious, I shared it on my Facebook page. We’re going to a ‘Leos’ party tonight at the Stateside Inn in Vegas. I wondered aloud if I should bring something to share and my girlfriend said she saw this on my wall and it looked so good, we should make it and bring it! Great idea! That’s just what I’m going to do! Does anyone know if couscous is the same thing as quinoa?

michelle davis says:

No completely different grains 🙂

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