Healthy and Different: Peruvian Quinoa Salad

Food Mood Girl Lindsey Smith shares a healthy salad that takes advantage of an often-ignored but tasty grain.

Quinoa is an uncommon whole grain that has the highest nutritional profile of all other grains, containing the essential amino acids and lots of B vitamins. This one-of-a-kind grain is also easy to digest and naturally gluten free. Aside from all the health benefits, quinoa also cooks the fastest compared to other grains, making it great for quick meals on-the-go.

During your next picnic or potluck, swap out the typical pasta salad and bring this delicious Peruvian Quinoa Salad instead. It’s not only cool and refreshing, but it will keep your friends coming back fo rseconds.



  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • ½ cup red peppers, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup pine nuts


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 ½ squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1.) Prepare quinoa as directed. Let cool.

2.) Toast pine nuts with a little olive oil on light heat forabout 5-10 minutes. Let cool.

3.) Dice and prepare vegetables.

4.) Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients and mixing.

5.) Combine quinoa, vegetables, pine nuts, and dressing and toss.

6.) Refrigerate for up to 2 hours before eating. Enjoy!

linda jenkins August 02, 2012 at 11:02 AM
We still need to feed our family healthy, well-balanced meals while keeping to a set budget. Change is the hardest thing and trying to do everything at once will have most people quitting before they even begin. You can get samples from sites like "Official Samples" where you can find all samples
Lindsey S August 02, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Hey Linda! Couldn't agree more! I am all about small changes over time that lead to big results! Also, maybe I can do Cooking/Eating on a Budget as a next article! Thanks for the comment and idea! -Lindsey, Food Mood Girl
Susie August 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Sounds yummy!


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