Balsamic Quinoa Salad

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This Balsamic Quinoa Salad is an easy and healthy salad recipe.

Balsamic Quinoa Salad on a white plate.


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I’ve been hearing so much about quinoa lately but I have to admit I’ve never had it.  That is, until now.  Quinoa is a seed-like whole grain that cooks just like rice.

It was first eaten by Incan warriors as their fuel for battle because it gave them such good energy and power. Quinoa is not only high in protein but is also:

  • high in fiber
  • high in nutrients such as folate, thiamin, riboflavin and iron
  • a good source of essential fatty acids
  • easy to digest

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent food for celiac patients or other people following a gluten-free diet. It’s also an excellent food for vegetarians and vegans, or for anyone looking for healthy protein source. It’s high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper.

How’s that for a health lesson!?  Sounds like a super food to me!

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This was an extremely flavorful salad!  The tang of the vinegar was perfectly balanced by the creamy blue cheese.  It was a very filling dish — perfect for an easy quick lunch or hearty side dish.

If you are looking for an easy way to make quinoa, check out how I make quinoa in my rice cooker!

Balsamic Quinoa Salad
5 from 2 votes

Balsamic Quinoa Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
This Balsamic Quinoa Salad is an easy and healthy salad recipe.
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  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup – ½ best quality extra virgin olive oil, depending on if you are watching calories
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • Salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers
  • 4 oz blue cheese
  • 1 can black beans


  • Make dressing by combining vinegar, mustard, garlic, shallots and olive oil; season to taste.
  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions; allow to cool.
  • Combine roasted red pepper and remaining ingredients with quinoa.
  • Add dressing and toss.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


19 thoughts on “Balsamic Quinoa Salad”

  1. I love quinoa but hate blue cheese. I really want to try this recipe do you have any ideas as to replacing the blue cheese? Thank You Kathy Garcia

  2. Hi!
    This looks like yet another GREAT recipe I’m going to try! Love quinoa, so this is right up my alley. 🙂
    Recipe questions… what flavor boullion cube did you use? Also, you add it to cooking water prior to the quinoa, yes?
    Thank you! 🙂

    • This was really good! I’m glad you’re going to try it! I used chicken boullion and yes, I added it to the cooking water. Great flavor! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  3. I think avocado is a FANTASTIC idea! In fact, I’m going to share your suggestion to my friend, Nikki, who was my guinnea pig for this recipe! 🙂

    Thanks, Christine!

  4. Yum! This salad looks really good – I’ve never thought to try such a tasty looking dressing on salad. Since I can’t have cheese, I wonder if using avocado would fulfill the same purpose. What do you think?

  5. MMmmm, that sounds awesome, I can’t wait to give it a try. I’ve been loving up quinoa for years now and I still cannot get enough of it!! So nutritious and has the best texture ever!!
    I am soooo excited I found your blog (over at the Mingle Monday hop) because (as you will see if you check out my blog) I am OBSESSED with food!! Looking forward to trying out all your “keeper” recipes 🙂

    Check me out when you have some time!

  6. Oh, this looks so good. I love quinoa but never thought about a salad with balsamic vinegar. Reading your recipe, though, I think it would be a perfect match-up. Do you think the dish would work without the blue cheese (to make it vegan)? Thanks so much for sharing the recipe … and including meatless meals on your site! 🙂 Here’s another quinoa salad that you might like:
    Thanks, again!

    • You can absolutely leave out the blue cheese! In fact, I didn’t add it right to the recipe since I like and my husband doesn’t. I kept the cheese on the side and added only to my portions. The creaminess does balance the dish, but it tastes pretty darn good without it too! 🙂 Enjoy!

  7. Hi there! Following you from the blog hop. Would love it if you could come visit us at Random Deals. Thanks!

    PS. The pictures for your posts don’t seem to be showing correctly. Only on the homepage.

    • Thanks for the heads up! I just checked in Internet Explorer (I use Mozilla Firefox as my browser) and there appears to be an issue. A message came up in IE and asked me to update my capatability. Once I clicked on that button, everything appears fine.

      I also linked up on your blog! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  8. looks yummy! I am stopping by from the FMBT Blog Hop! I am your newest follower and I cannot wait to read more! Hope to have you stop by and follow me 🙂

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