Simple Quinoa Salad



It is the month end and time for the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge! This challenge was initiated by Priyaakka and then moved on to be managed by Mayuriji. I must say that she is doing a good job keeping everyone motivated to participate in the challenges, even though the group is small.


This month, the theme is “cool salads” since it is summer in almost everywhere in the world. I am teamed with Priya Satheesh (there are too many Priyas in the bloggy world! 😀 ). I admire her for all the innovative combinations that she comes up with, for almost all her recipes. This is the second time I am teamed with her, the last time being when I made the potato frittata.




The two ingredients she gave me was avocado and tomato. I was fine with the tomato but avocado always gives me nervous breakdowns. Finding one that is good enough to go on a salad is challenging. I picked up one, which was really raw and finally ended up getting spoiled. 🙁 I then asked the assistant at the fruit section to help me pick up one and she gave me three, all of which I bought home. The first one I opened up was perfect green, just like how you would love it to go into your salad! Voila…


Then coming to quinoa, which is hailed as a “magical grain”. My first experience with my new box of quinoa was a disaster. It tasted so raw and grainish, that the pack remained untouched for six months before this challenge popped up. I have been hearing how everybody loves this grain in their salads so I gave it a second chance to impress me. And impressed, I am! I also realized what actually was my mistake. I didn’t wash my quinoa properly the first time! So lesson learned and a fan forever…


If you are a first time to quinoa, do try this salad and I am sure you will be hooked to it. Before moving off to this simple recipe, do check out what Priya whipped up with the ingredients I gave her.




5 from 2 votes

Simple Quinoa Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 4 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled and cut into long stripes


  • Wash the quinoa really well, at least five to six times. Drain and set aside.
  • Bring the water to boil. Add the quinoa and cook on low flame, till all the water is absorbed and the quinoa looks plumped up. Allow to cool completely.
  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients from tomato to coriander. Add in the cooled quinoa and toss well.
  • Sprinkle in the olive oil and seasoning and toss well to coat completely.
  • Spoon into bowls, Top with avocado strips and serve immediately.


It is best to prepare the quinoa well in advance and keep it in the fridge till it is time to prepare the salad.

Join the Conversation

  1. I love protein rich quinoa. This is a wholesome salad.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. The salad looks so welcoming in spite of the challenges. I love quinoa, got first introduced to it in Canada. I still find buying avocados a hassle. I’ve grown in a country where avocados are in abundance during the season but i still get some that don’t ripen, some that taste bitter and some are all brown and yucky inside. However, I’m glad they are not too expensive here.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      We get Kenyan avocados here and the price is quite good, but getting it ripened is always a hassle and a challenge. Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  3. 5 stars
    Yummy and healthough salad Rafee!Will go shopping for Quinoa soon!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  4. I am always afraid of using Quinoa not knowing what to expect. I think this recipe seems easy and interesting enough to try. Great job.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The whole point is to wash it really well, at least 5-6 times. Thank you so much Avin…

  5. Super healthy salad. The last close up shot is amazing dear

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Tum dear…

  6. Prathima says:

    Yummmy n fresh healthy salad, love to try…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Prathima…

  7. my fav … love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Veena…

  8. Salad looks lovely! I have tried quinoa just a few times. Your post has has inspired me to order a packet..:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak… 🙂

  9. Such a nutritious and delicious salad, i dont mind finishing my lunch with this salad.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  10. This quinoa salad is our favorite. I usually end up packing it for lunch for my husband whenever I feel lazy…he he …it looks good and pretty pictures too

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  11. So sweet of you dear. Thank you so much for your compliment 🙂 Salad looks super healthy, yummy and inviting. Can understand how much you would have tried for Avocado and that shows your passion dear 🙂 Awesome 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It is my pleasure dear… 🙂 Thank you so much Priya and loved being tagged with you this month… 🙂

  12. some unique ingredients have made the salad more unique

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amrita…

  13. Haven’t made anything with quinoa since a long time.. Healthy salad with my favourite ingredients.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shobhaji…

  14. 5 stars
    Glad I came here. this salad look so delicious. i can’t resist. thanks for sharing this yummy and refreshing salad recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Marsha for coming by…

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