Fresh Quinoa Salad

BY : PUBLISHED : November 3rd, 2018 UPDATED: August 18th, 2021

Just finished batch-cooking for the week, and this fresh quinoa salad is one of my creations for the menu. It’s fresh, super easy to make (especially if you cook your quinoa in a pressure cooker), and it tastes so flavorful!

If you are a bit turned off by green salads then this is your recipe! It is super packed with protein, and it will be your perfect work lunch! Take it along with you in container whether you’re going to work or to spend the day running errands, this will be your savior when hunger strikes. You know, around noon when your stomach starts to rumble? Those are the moments when we are most likely to turn to faster more unhealthy options and stretch our budget along the way.  So that’s why being prepared will make a world of difference.

An amazing would be to add s0ome sliced avocado at the last minute! The best way to add some healthy fats and delicious creaminess. Deal! Take the whole avocado with you (unpeeled) and slice it in your car or at your office kitchen. Ready to go! Another delicious add on would be to drizzle some sriracha on top to give it a kick.

Why not make this quinoa salad two or three of your weekly lunches away from home? If something is yummy and healthy no harm in repeating it, right? So find a couple of simple and budget-friendly recipes and make them on repeat. No need to mention how practical this salad is for school lunches. Super kid-friendly! Pack this salad in their lunch box along with some nuts as a snack and some fruit for extra energy. Your kids will love it, and they will have the brain enhancing nutrients they need.

Are you excited to add another quick and plant-powered recipe to your collection? Give this quinoa salad a try, and you will love it! Most likely your co-workers will ask you for the recipe, and it will create a plant-based ripple effect. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Go and spread a healthy message by setting an example! Your thriving self could be one of the best vegan advertisements out there!

Fresh Quinoa Salad

Toni Okamoto
If you are a bit turned off by green salads then this is your recipe! It is super packed with protein, and it will be your perfect work lunch! 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 322 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 15 ounces of black beans, drained
  • 15 ounces of garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup of finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup of finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup of halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of minced cilantro
  • Salt, to taste (about 1 to 2 teaspoons)
  • Juice of a lime (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  • Chill to let the flavors meld.


Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 16gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 716mgPotassium: 795mgFiber: 16gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 858IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 5mg
Keyword bean salad, black beans, cheap, easy, forks over knives, fresh, inexpensive, instant pot, plant-based, quinoa, recipe, salad, vegan, vegetarian, wfpb, whole foods, whole foods plant-based
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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