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Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing

    Rainbow Quinoa Salad
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    This healthy Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing is vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious, perfect for meal-prep and requires no reheating!

    Rainbow Quinoa Salad
    Rainbow Quinoa Salad

    I’ve been making rainbow salads for my daughter Madison since she was very little. She frequently asks me to make them, so I always have a colorful assortment of vegetables on hand. I switch it up, sometimes with radishes in place of tomatoes or green olives in place of cucumbers. Honestly, I use whatever is in my fridge! Quinoa salads are the perfect lunch or a potluck side dish, and some of my other favorites are this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Avocado Quinoa Salad, and Quinoa Black Bean Salad.

    Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing

    What are the benefits of eating quinoa?

    Though technically a seed, quinoa is a grain high in protein and fiber. It’s also a complete protein, meaning it has “all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own.“ One cup of cooked quinoa provides about eight grams of protein and five grams of fiber. It’s also rich in other nutrients, including magnesium, iron, fiber, and manganese.

    Do you eat quinoa salad cold or warm?

    You eat this rainbow quinoa salad cold, which makes it perfect for making ahead since you don’t have to reheat it.

    Quinoa Salad Ingredients

    • Quinoa: You’ll need four cups of cooked quinoa, which is about one and a third cups of uncooked quinoa.
    • Vegetables: Shredded brussels sprouts, red cabbage, and carrots, yellow bell peppers, mini cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes
    • Lemon Dressing: Lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper

    How to Cook Quinoa for Salad

    Properly cooking quinoa for salads is essential to avoid mushy quinoa. If you make it on the stove, use less water than the package recommends. For one cup of raw quinoa, use 1 ¾ cups of water or broth (not two cups which is what the instructions say). You can also make it in the Instant Pot if you prefer.

    How to Make Quinoa Salad

    • Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
    • Put a cup of quinoa in each of the four bowls, and top it with a quarter of the veggies in rainbow order, starting with purple and ending with red.
    • For the wardrobe over the salads and adjust the salt and pepper if needed.

    How many days is quinoa salad good for?

    Rainbow quinoa salad is good for up to five days in the refrigerator. Meal prep it in four two-cup containers and have it for lunches throughout the week.


    • For extra protein, add some black beans or chickpeas. If you want to add meat, diced chicken breast or eggs would work.
    • Substitute red or tricolor quinoa.
    • Worn green olives or jalapenos in place of cucumbers.
    • If you can’t find mini cucumbersuse a large English cucumber.
    • If you don’t mind your salad being short a rainbow color, red or orange bell pepper will work if you don’t have yellow.
    • Substitute grape tomatoes for cherry.
    • Save Time: Use the shredding disc on your food processor to quickly shred the brussels sprouts, cabbage, and carrots. You can also buy them pre-shredded from the supermarket.
    • Cheese: Top the quinoa salad with feta or goat cheese.
    • Herbs: Add fresh herbs, like basil or parsley.
    • Serve it to a crowd and mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. You can also easily double or triple the recipe.

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    Rainbow Quinoa Salad pouring Lemon Salad Dressing

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    Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing


    394 calluses
    10.5 protein
    51 Carbs
    17 fats

    Prep Time: 15 mins

    Cook Time: 15 mins

    Total Time: 30 mins

    Eat the rainbow! This healthy Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing is vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious, perfect for meal-prep and requires no reheating!

    Dressing room:

    • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • fresh black pepper, to taste


    • 4 cups cooked quinoa, from about 1 1/3 cups
    • 1 cup shredded brussels sprouts
    • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
    • 1 cup shredded or thin sliced ​​carrots
    • 1 cup yellow bell peppers
    • 1 cup diced mini cucumbers
    • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
    • Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk well.

    • Add one cup quinoa in each bowl. Top with 1/4 cup of each of the vegetables in rainbow order starting with purple, ending in red.

    • For the dressing over the salad, adjust salt and pepper, as needed.

    Serving: 21/2 cup, calories: 394calories, Carbohydrates: 51g, protein: 10.5g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Sodium: 184mg, fiber: 7g, Sugar: 7g

    Keywords: quinoa salad, rainbow salad, vegan salad