Easy Detox Quinoa Salad

Easy Detox Quinoa Salad with a Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette (gluten-free & vegan too!). Visit www.simplyquinoa.com for the recipe!

I think the most sacred part of food is that it has the ability to heal. And not just in the cure a hangover (bring on the grease!) or help you get over a bad breakup (hello, chocolate!) kind of way. I mean really heal us, from the inside out.

If you remove all the flavors and aromas that come with food and think about its purpose, what I’m saying makes sense. We eat food for fuel. It’s what helps keep our cells and organs working, and without it we wouldn’t be here.

So when / if you find yourself reaching for that bag of chips or extra cookie (and trust me, I’ve been there quite a few times…), think about this: Everything we put into our bodies either helps or hinders how we function. Wouldn’t we want to make sure that we’re eating the best possible ingredients we can source?

As this idea continues to grow and gets more attention in the media, we as consumers are getting smarter. And luckily for many of us, this type of food is becoming more accessible to us everyday. Eating healthy isn’t as scary anymore. It’s embraced.

Easy Detox Quinoa Salad with a Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette (gluten-free & vegan too!). Visit www.simplyquinoa.com for the recipe!

I had a couple of goals when I started putting this detox quinoa salad together:

  1. It had to be full of foods that detoxify your body
  2. It had to be a salad that was allergy friendly (this has no: gluten, dairy, meat, egg, corn, soy, nuts, shellfish or sugar)
  3. The ingredients had to be easy to find (read: anyone can make this)
  4. It had to use fewer than 10 ingredients
  5. You have to be able to make it in less than 10 minutes

The first was where I needed to do a little homework. I started researching foods that promoted detoxification and found this list. It guided me in the right direction and from there I was able to check off the rest of my goals. (It’s always nice to check things off, right?)

While perhaps not every ingredient in this salad is detoxifying, many of them are. From that list (and a few others), I chose to include:

  • Beets. Beets not only contain many vitamins and minerals (like zinc, iron and magnesium), but they also support both the gallbladder and the liver. Both organs are critical to our health as they help break down food and remove toxins.
  • Lemon. Lemon is often on the forefront when we talk about detoxing; and really, who doesn’t love a little lemon? Lemons are alkaline-forming, meaning they help to balance out the acidity of many of the other foods we consume. Not only that, lemon also stimulates enzymes that help to convert toxins into a form that our bodies can more easily release.
  • Garlic. Garlic is known to repel monsters, right? Well it works the same with toxins. It’s an antiviral, an antiseptic and an antibiotic. It all helps with detoxification.
  • Arugula. Arugula is part of the cruciferous family of vegetables (think broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc.) which means it’s high in fiber and antioxidants. The fiber helps keep you regular which keeps your tummy happy and your digestive system in track.

Easy Detox Quinoa Salad with a Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette (gluten-free & vegan too!). Visit www.simplyquinoa.com for the recipe!

And on top of it all, this detox quinoa salad could not be easier to make. Really, you just toss the main salad ingredients into the bowl – arugula, steamed beets, chickpeas and quinoa – then whisk up the dressing and toss it all together.

It makes a quick lunch, a perfect side dish or could even be eaten as a main course! Any which way you choose to whip it up, I think your tastebuds and your tummy are going to be quite happy!

Easy Detox Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked beets (preferably organic), diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • for the dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon coarse mustard
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the salad ingredients.
  2. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. Pour of the salad and toss until everything is combined.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (optional) or serve immediately.


  • Suzanne

    What would you use in place of tahini as we’re allergic to sesame? I think another nut butter — maybe almond wouldn’t be as noticeable as peanut. Or maybe I’ll leave it out altogether.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Honestly, I think I’d use something like cashew butter. And I might add some crushed garlic to give it a little tang. Would love to hear what you end up trying!

      • Suzanne

        Great idea. I never would have thought of cashew butter.

    • Janet

      I found “wow-butter” at Wal-mat. Tastes like peanut butter, but it’s May from soy beans. Very very good!

      • Suzanne

        Thanks but I only eat fermented soy. The cashew butter will work.

  • Angie

    That looks yummy! I’m going to have to try this one. How many servings is it supposed to be?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      This serves two, but can easily be doubled, tripled or even more!! Hope you love it as much as I do; please come back and tell me what you think :)

  • http://www.simplyquinoa.com/2014/04/quinoa-crab-cakes/ Cyndi Z

    You are so right, what we eat either helps our bodies or it doesn’t. When you can look at it from that perspective, it’s often easier to make good food choices. This detox salad looks great. Until a couple of years ago, I didn’t think I liked beets (because I had only ever tried the canned kind – ick), but after discovering fresh beets – love ’em.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I was in the same boat, but now that I eat fresh beets, I just simply love them!! Would love to hear what you think of this salad, it’s definitely a favorite in our house :)

  • http://google Emma

    This looks yummy and healthy. I will try this soon. Some of the ingrediants I do not have but will try to have in my pantry. I have been telling a few people about Quinoa some have already heard of it. Some like kids look and turn away. But they will turn around. I haven’t as yet tried any of the colored Quinoa but I will.

    Thanks, Emma

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Would love to hear what you think of it once you try it :) And please let me know what your kids think also!

  • Chip

    WOW! This salad is sooooooo good!

  • http://www.madebysos.org stephanie

    your post inspired me to make some quinoa. I didn’t use the same ingredients as you but used mushrooms and feta cheese instead, check it out! http://www.madebysos.org/food/mushroom-and-feta-cheese-quinoa-recipe-healthy-recipe/

  • Megan

    Holy Hannah!!! This salad was GOOD!!! I am all about fresh and whole foods. I am a baker/wedding cake decorator (which means I am always covered in grease :( Boo!) so this salad was just the ticket. My daughter, who loves quinoa but nothing else, said that her new favorite food is beets. I can honestly say this salad will be a regular in our home. :) Thanks Alyssa!

  • catherine hollister

    How easy can this be – my family loves beets – You cannot imagine how help you are to us.

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    Wow. This quinoa salad looks so good!

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