Quinoa Beet Salad

This Quinoa Beet Salad is a delicious combination of red quinoa, chopped beets, arugula, green onion, raisins and sliced almonds all tossed in a delicious light curry salad dressing.  This cold quinoa salad makes a perfect side dish or salad main!

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CURRY QUINOA SALAD

This curry quinoa salad is my riff on Mendocino Farms Red Beet Salad.  It has a healthy combination of ingredients all tossed in a delicious light curry salad dressing.

This Quinoa Beet Salad is a healthy combination of ingredients all tossed in a delicious curry salad dressing

HOW TO MAKE QUINOA SALAD

For this vegan quinoa salad, the steamed beets are finely chopped so they’re more manageable and less messy to eat.   

  •  1 cup cooked red quinoa
  •  2 medium sized beets, steamed and finely chopped
  •  1-1/2 cups arugula
  •  2-3 green onions, finely sliced (both white and light green parts)
  •  1/2 cup raisins
  •  1/4 cup sliced almonds
  1. Add all of the ingredients except the quinoa salad dressing to a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Toss to combine the ingredients. 
  3. Drizzle the quinoa salad dressing over the ingredients and toss to evenly coat.

QUINOA SALAD DRESSING

  •  1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •  2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  •  1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  •  1 tablespoon curry powder
  •  Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Or place all of the ingredients in a mason jar, seal the lid and shake.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator before use.

IS QUINOA GLUTEN FREE

Yes!  Quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, so all quinoa (red, white, mixed) is gluten-free.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA

  • It’s one of the most protein rich foods we can eat  
  • It contains all 9 essential amino acids
  • Red quinoa has slightly less protein than the pale quinoa with 5 grams of protein per 1/4 cup compared to 7 grams of protein per 1/4 cup for the pale (or golden) quinoa
  • Red quinoa provides more than double the amount of fiber per 1/4 cup with 5 grams of fiber, compared to the 2 grams of fiber that golden quinoa provides

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEETS

  • They’re detoxifying, have anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties
  • They’re a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber, folate and potassium
  • Read more here about the Benefits of Beets.

This Quinoa Beet Salad is a healthy combination of ingredients all tossed in a delicious curry salad dressing

BEST QUINOA SALAD RECIPES 

 

Yield: 4 servings

Curried Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 2 medium sized beets, steamed and finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups arugula
  • 2-3 green onions, finely sliced (both white and light green parts)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • For the Curry Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Or place all of the ingredients in a mason jar, seal the lid and shake.

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