Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Dressing: [Gluten Free]


If you are looking for a perfect meatless dish filled with tons of healthy veggies, this is your recipe!

A wonderfully easy recipe requiring only the chopping of the veggies and the boiling of the quinoa. No draining needed, toss together then add this fantastic dressing below.



Made once and eaten twice or more. If you don’t have to share it with anyone, YOU will LOVE feasting on this all by yourself over a few days. I did :)

My MEAT loving hubby was intrigued, had a few bites and really liked it!

THAT says A LOT!



Seen here without the dressing at the time, but once tossed with……oh my! Be careful not too overeat on this salad.

Overeat on a salad?

Yes. I’m serious. You will really want to. ;)



Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Dressing


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh (packed) spinach
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mild banana peppers rings

Balsamic Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Place one cup of dry uncooked quinoa in a pot with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until all water is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In a large serving bowl add your chopped vegetables. In a small bowl whisk together dressing ingredients. Combine cooled quinoa with vegetables and toss with dressing. Makes about 4 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Info

Servings: 4* Calories per serving: 247* Fat: 10g* Cholesterol: 0mg* Sodium: 318mg* Carbs: 33g* Fiber: 4g* Protein: 7g* Points+: 6*

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  1. Hello, I am such a huge fan of your Blog!

    I make a very similar dressing but I also add some mustard in it :-)

    Also as a naughty treat I tried this with roasted orange. It will blow your mind!

  2. I love anything with quinoa, this looks amazing!

  3. How long will this keep? I’m afraid the spinach will get slimy! :) i am hoping to make it to take for lunch this week. Thank you! I’m a new reader, but I’m really enjoying and being inspired by your blog!

  4. Rebecca Besaw says:

    Started my sugar-free journey this past Saturday. I made this for my lunch today, and it was amazing!!! The dressing is soooo good! So thankful for you site! Thanks for all you do for the many people out there (that you’ll never meet) that benefit from your hard work!

  5. Just tossed together a similar version using what I had on hand, with this as my inspiration, since I need something quick, easy, and healthy to take to work tomorrow. It’s already SO good, bet it will be even better tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Love your recipes. I made this for dinner last night as we still have some cherry tomatoes and cukes left from the garden. Loved it. Enough leftover for me to have some for lunch today.


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