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Avocado Quinoa Salad

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Avocado Quinoa Salad is fresh and flavorful, made with cucumbers, tomato, red onion, cilantro and lime juice. A great plant-based lunch or side dish!

Quinoa Salad with cucumbers, avocado and lime.
Avocado Quinoa Salad

This Avocado Quinoa Salad is bright, zesty, and delicious, and the ingredients remind me of what I typically put in my guacamole. I love this quinoa salad on days I want to go meatless for lunch. I’ve published quite a few quinoa salads over the years, and I love all of them, but this might be my new favorite! Some other favorites are this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and this Southwestern Black Bean Mango Quinoa Salad.

Avocado Quinoa Salad

I’ve been getting tons of requests for more vegan and vegetarian recipes, so I plan on sharing at least one new plant-based recipe per week. Quinoa, the seed of an edible plant, is rich in both fiber and protein and and is very nutritious for our body. It’s also gluten-free and perfect for adding to salads.

Avocado Quinoa Salad Ingredients

This avocado quinoa salad has just a few simple ingredients.

  • Quinoa: I prefer red or tricolor quinoa.
  • Avocado: If you’re meal prepping this salad, combine everything and add the avocado right before eating.
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes: I used a large beefsteak tomato, but cherry or grape tomatoes would work.
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeño: Leave the jalapeño’s seeds and ribs in if you want a spicy salad. If you prefer milder food, remove them.
  • Fresh cilantro: Skip the cilantro if you don’t like it.
  • Dressing: Olive oil, lime juice, salt

How to Cook Quinoa for a Salad

The trick to making the perfect quinoa salads is to cook the quinoa properly. No mushy quinoa for me! I prefer to use red or tricolor quinoa, and make a batch in my Instant Pot (see Perfect Instant Pot Quinoa) to use throughout the week in bowls, salads, salmon burgers, etc. If making the quinoa on the stove, I use less water than recommended. For one cup of quinoa, I use 1 3/4 cups of liquid.

What to Serve with Avocado Quinoa Salad

This healthy quinoa salad makes a great vegan lunch, but if you want to serve it for dinner as a side dish, this would serve four and be great with any protein such as Tequila Lime Shrimp, or Cilantro Lime Chicken. Double this recipe for more servings for a crowd, adding the avocado just before serving.

Quinoa Salad with avocados and limehow to make quinoa salad

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Avocado Quinoa Salad

4.85 from 20 votes
9
Cals:443
Protein:11
Carbs:55
Fat:23
Avocado Quinoa Salad is fresh and flavorful, made with cucumbers, tomato, red onion, cilantro and lime juice. A great plant-based lunch or side dish!
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Avocado Quinoa Salad
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Yield: 2 servings as a main, 4 as a side
Serving Size: 1 1/2 generous cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa red or tricolor
  • 8 ounces haas avocado from 2 small, diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 ripe beefsteak or heirloom tomato diced
  • 2 mini cucumbers diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeño sliced thin with seeds
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and eat right away.
  • Taste for salt and lime juice, and adjust as needed.
  • If meal prepping, combine all the ingredients except for the avocado, and add when ready to eat.
  • Multiply the recipe for more servings.

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Notes

If making the quinoa on the stove, I use less water than recommended. For 1 cup quinoa, I use 1 3/4 cup liquid.
This healthy quinoa salad makes a great vegan lunch for 2 or a side dish for 4 with any protein. Double this recipe for more servings for a crowd, adding the avocado just before serving.
Makes 3 1/4 cups.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 1/2 generous cups, Calories: 443 kcal, Carbohydrates: 55 g, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 23 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Sodium: 174 mg, Fiber: 16 g, Sugar: 9.5 g

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28 comments on “Avocado Quinoa Salad”

  1. Great recipe. Prepared as directed except for cilantro (neither my husband or I care for the taste) It was very tasty and paired with air fryer chicken thighs. Will take leftovers for lunch and will definitely make again.