20-Minute Vegetable Quinoa Salad Recipe With Creamy Avocado Orange Dressing by Jan Mostrom

20-Minute Vegetable Quinoa Salad Recipe With Creamy Avocado Orange Dressing

If you haven't noticed, we love quinoa at our house. The health benefits of quinoa are many, so I'm always looking for new fresh ways to use it (and it's always so delicious). 

This refreshing and healthy vegetable and quinoa salad recipe with avocado and orange salad dressing is so easy to prepare. Make the quinoa (which is naturally gluten-free and packed with protein, zinc, fiber, folate and antioxidants) and prep your other ingredients while it cooks.

Here is what you need to make the salad: quinoa, fresh tomatoes, carrot, sweet pepper, green onion, parsley, mint, raw pumpkin seeds and raw sunflower seeds. For the salad dressing you need an avocado, orange juice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serve this healthy quinoa grain salad with your favorite protein for a complete meal!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8



  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, diced 
  • 1 sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • handful of parsley, chopped
  • handful of mint, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds


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Recipe Notes

  • Substitute your favorite fresh vegetables to make this salad your own.
  • Using a good-quality balsamic vinegar makes all the difference in recipes. So splurge on a good bottle!

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Make the dressing by combining all ingredients together in a jar or bowl. Whisk or shake to combine.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, chop tomato, vegetables and herbs. When quinoa is done place it in a medium serving bowl and add the rest of the salad ingredients.
  4. Pour dressing over the salad and toss. Serve warm and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 166

Total Fat: 8.7g

Saturated Fat: 1.4g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 10mg

Total Carbohydrate: 19g

Dietary Fiber: 3.2g

Total Sugars: 2.5g

Protein: 4.4g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 21mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 330mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This salad looks amazing, Jan Mostrom . Bonus for me that quinoa is naturally gluten-free, so we love it at our house, too! #yum

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