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February 24, 2021

by Alyssa

25 Quinoa Salad Recipes to Try This Spring

Here are 25 of the best healthy quinoa salad recipes that are perfect for Spring from salads with greens, to fruit, and protein. There are allergy-friendly, gluten-free + vegan recipes included in the round-up! 

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Who else is ready for spring?!

My countdown is officially on for winter to be over. I am ready to trade in my winter jacket and boots for sunshine and fresh flowers. The idea of bundling up in my jacket, boots, and all the other layers is daunting to me at this point. We've had a couple of days of promising temperatures and longer days, so my fingers are crossed for a speedy spring arrival (contrary to what Punxsutawney Phil had to say).

One of my favorite parts about the seasons changing is the produce! Goodbye random root season, hello asparagus, strawberries, avocados, and so much more!

It will be time to move on from soups, stews, and my warm salads, and have instead been making fresh, seasonal dishes that are light, bright, and totally springlike.

Today, I'm hoping to inspire you to get excited about spring and join me in drooling over these 25 absolutely perfect spring quinoa salad recipes.

25 Quinoa Salads for Spring
Wild Rice Quinoa Salad with asparagus and tossed in a lemon-turmeric vinaigrette - simple, healthy and super refreshing!

Wild Rice Quinoa Salad with Asparagus
from Simply Quinoa

This wild rice quinoa salad is the perfect recipe to make for spring. It has a bed of baby spinach, lightly steamed asparagus, and a lemon-turmeric dressing!

Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Orange-Lime Dressing
from Minimalist Baker

An easy, 30-minute Mexican-inspired salad with quinoa, corn, black beans, avocado, and a creamy orange, lime, and chili dressing! Healthy, delicious, and so satisfying.

Vibrant Spring Quinoa Salad
from Real Food Whole Life

Celebrate the freshness of spring with Vibrant Spring Quinoa Salad! Packed with veggies and tossed with a simple homemade lemon-chive dressing, this easy, tasty salad is perfect for brunch, lunch, or as a side.

Spring Carrot, Radish, and Quinoa Salad with Herbed Avocado
from Cookie + Kate

This fresh and filling springtime salad features carrots, radishes, fennel, garlicky quinoa, and herbed avocado, all tossed in a simple lemon vinaigrette.

Herbed Spring Quinoa Salad
from Simply Quinoa

This healthy spring quinoa salad is made with fresh, seasonal veggies and tossed in a tasty lemon vinaigrette. It's also naturally gluten-free and vegan!

Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad
Our Salty Kitchen

In just thirty minutes you can become the envy of the block or the lunch table with this delightfully delicious roasted broccoli quinoa salad.

A super simple THAI QUINOA SALAD with all the veggies and a creamy almond butter dressing!

Almond Butter Thai Quinoa Salad
from Simply Quinoa

This simple Thai Quinoa Salad is peppered with a rainbow of veggies and tossed in a creamy almond butter sauce! Tastes like pad thai, but in salad form!


Spring Quinoa Salad with Sesame Maple Dressing
from Blissful Basil

This spring quinoa salad with sesame-maple dressing is as addictive as it is colorful. Fluffy quinoa is tossed with sugar snap peas, carrots, radishes, cilantro, and a sweet ‘n’ salty sesame-maple dressing. This simple salad comes together in about 30 minutes and is ideal for lunch or a light dinner.

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Salad
from Simply Quinoa

This healthy broccoli quinoa salad is tossed with a creamy cashew dressing and makes for a filling, yet surprisingly light side dish. It's also vegan, gluten-free, and high-fiber too!

Crispy Quinoa Spring Salad
from What's Gaby Cooking

This Crispy Quinoa Spring Salad is the perfect way to welcome a bit of spring into the kitchen!

summer zucchini quinoa salad with a lemon-dill dressing

Summer Squash & Zucchini Quinoa Salad
Simply Quinoa

A healthy spring and summer dish, this zucchini quinoa salad is packed full of veggies, is dressed with a quick lemon-dill dressing, and topped with toasted pine nuts!

Spring Quinoa Salad
from Eating Bird Food

Roasted asparagus and radishes are the stars of this fresh and flavorful springtime quinoa salad. Perfect as a make-ahead lunch option or a potluck side dish. Vegan and gluten-free.

Pad Thai Quinoa Salad
from Simply Quinoa

A healthy pad thai salad with a creamy peanut butter dressing, topped with cooked quinoa and roasted cashews for added protein and an extra crunch.

cucumber, tomato and avocado quinoa salad perfect for spring

Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado Quinoa Salad
from Simply Quinoa

A simple avocado quinoa salad with crunchy cucumbers and juicy tomatoes. It's light, refreshing, and simple to make, and is perfect for a springtime picnic!

Chickpea & Quinoa MASON JAR SALADS -- perfect for a healthy office lunch! Add everything into your jar, dump into a bowl and enjoy!

Mason Jar Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas 
from Simply Quinoa

These Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salads are a quick and easy way to have a healthy lunch at the office! Layered to ensure nothing gets soggy, they're the perfect way to get in your veggies!

healthy quinoa salad made with veggies from the farmers market

Farmer's Market Quinoa Salad
from Simply Quinoa

A quick and easy quinoa salad recipe using locally sourced vegetables from the farmer's market. It also can be customized to whatever you have on hand!

Spring Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad
from Occasionally Eggs

This spring-inspired vegan strawberry and asparagus quinoa salad is filled with the best of the season, featuring radishes, cucumbers, and dill alongside buttery white beans. Protein-packed, gluten-free, and perfect for a light dinner or packed lunch.

Quinoa Salads with Fruits

tropical kale & quinoa power salad with mango and blueberries

Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad
from Simply Quinoa

A healthy, nutrient-packed salad, this Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad is a perfect lunch or side dish recipe. It comes together in 10 minutes and stores well for leftovers!

warm spring quinoa salad with strawberries

Quinoa Asparagus Salad
from Feasting at Home

A simple recipe for Quinoa Asparagus Salad ( aka Spring Tabouli). A healthy, flavorful salad that can be made ahead- perfect for special gatherings or midweek lunches! GF & Vegan adaptable!

Spring Quinoa Pea & Asparagus Salad
from A Saucy Kitchen

Bright flavors and crunchy textures – only ten ingredients needed to make this simple, speedy salad! Gluten-Free + Vegetarian

Broccoli Pesto Quinoa Salad
from Love and Lemons

This quinoa salad is a great lunch or healthy dinner. Loaded with kale, roasted chickpeas, crunchy veggies, and bright pea pesto, it's healthy, vegan & gluten-free.

strawberry spinach salad with roasted quinoa and chopped almonds

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Quinoa
19. from Simply Quinoa

This delicious strawberry spinach salad is made with toasted quinoa and chopped almonds, then topped with a fresh honey-lime + mint dressing.

blueberry quinoa power salad with a basil-lime vinaigrette

Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad with Lime-Basil Vinaigrette
from Simply Quinoa

This healthy quinoa power salad is packed with detoxifying ingredients and is perfect for summer. High in protein, fiber, and vitamins, it's also vegan + GF!

Toasted Pine Nut and Leek Quinoa Salad
from Cotter Crunch

A simple yet healthy quinoa salad recipe that is perfect for meal prep, holiday side dish, or a wholesome vegetarian meal! This salad makes is naturally gluten-free, rich in plant-based protein, and vegan friendly. A Spring Vegetable dish that’s ready to eat in 30 minutes.

Roasted Leek & Broccoli Quinoa Salad -- light, flavorful and tossed in an AMAZING honey-lemon dressing!

Roasted Leek & Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Chopped Almonds
from Simply Quinoa

This Roasted Leek & Broccoli Quinoa Salad is light and flavorful with a honey-lemon dressing! Perfect as a spring side, but easily bulked up with a protein!




21 healthy quinoa salad recipes to try this spring

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  1. What an exceptional roundup–quinoa salads are so versatile. I’ve pinned it to Rockin’ Recipe Round-Ups due to the fact this one rock.

  2. I’m in my sixties with some limitations from an old back injury. I also live alone so these versatile quick and easy quinoa recipes help me to be able to cook for myself with health benefits. A big plus is that they are so delicious.

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  4. […] throw some together and toss them in a mason-jar for simple storage and travel? Pick from some of our favorites here that combine salad with quinoa for a more filling, but still healthy […]

  5. All of these quinoa recipes look awesome!! Thanks for including our Pineapple Chicken Quinoa Salad 🙂

  6. Just when I thought I could out away my boots for good it snows! After days of wearing sneakers those boots were sooo heavy! I can’t wait for real spring. These quinoa salads all look amazing. I plan to work my way down this list!!

  7. What beautiful salads. Love quinoa. Wish I could sample each one of these. Not sure where to begin. 🙂

  8. So many beautiful, yummy recipes! Where do I even start?!? We always have plain quinoa on our salad bar at the dining hall, but it’s pretty unexciting plain. These all look incredible!

  9. Spring Salads are my favorites… so many fresh ingredients showing up at my farmer’s market make it easy to put them together, but you’ve just brought the inspiration I needed to get motivated!

    • Woo hoo! I can’t wait to go back to the farmer’s market. One of my most favorite things to do EVER!

  10. Spring! So happy that it’s spring…except for this ridiculous snow we’re having in NYC. These recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to try a bunch of these.

    • Ugh tell me about it girl! Like is this for real? How can we possibly be excited about spring when it’s freaking snowing!?!!!? At least I know that the farmer’s markets have opened so there’s that to look forward to 🙂 ps. didn’t know you were in NYC too!!

    • Exactly one of the reasons why I love it 🙂 Hopefully you do try one and make sure to stop back by and let me know what you think! xo

  11. SO many great recipes here! I dont even know where to begin, I do know I am pinning this though as I LOVE cooking with quinoa! Thanks so much for the list!

  12. I am such a fan of quinoa and it’s so perfect for spring salads! This is such a great list – there are a few I want to try. I’ve never had black quinoa so that Green Goddess Black Quinoa Salad in particular is calling to me!

    • Oh you’ve got to try it! I haven’t done a ton of experimenting with it, but it’s SO different than regular quinoa. Crunchy, nutty and just fabulous. Plus it kind of makes the dish look that much more amazing 🙂 xx

  13. It never ceases to amaze me how much quinoa you manage to come up with! These salads look amazing, and I’m craving that chickpea one now!

    • Ahh thanks my friend! And amen to the chickpea craving – I’m pretty much obsessed with all things chickpeas right now. So good!

  14. Such a wonderful “seed” 😉 for salads! I love making my millet watercress salad in the spring! So fresh!

    • Oooo that sounds divine! I’m going to have to try it 🙂 I really don’t make millet much (well ever), but I love millet flour so I’m sure I’d like the grain too! Have a great weekend! xo


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