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Easy, Healthy Vegan Quinoa Salad Recipe You’ll Love!

Is it lunch time yet? This is one of my favorite quinoa dishes. It’s a version of tabouleh that I first tasted and learned how to make while a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It's been one of my standard dishes since I trained there in 2001.

This dish can be served as a meal all by itself or as a salad. It's easy to make and delicious! I enjoy the quinoa – instead of the traditional bulgur wheat – for it's protein and lightness. Add this tasty ancient seed to your menu. You’ll be glad you did! 

And … if you can't find quinoa at your local health food store, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods you can check out Viva Lab's Quinoa on Amazon and get a home delivery.


Easy, Healthy Vegan Quinoa Salad Recipe You'll Love!
Serves 6
This is a variation on a tabouleh recipe.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
161 calories
22 g
0 g
6 g
5 g
1 g
144 g
10 g
1 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161
Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 10mg
Total Carbohydrates 22g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. ½ cup scallion, thinly sliced
  3. 1½ cups water
  4. ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  5. ½ cup red onion, minced
  6. 1 tbsp fresh dill
  7. ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  8. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  9. ½ cup grape tomatoes
  10. 1 bunch parsley & sea salt
  11. 2-3 cloves chopped garlic (optional)
  1. Bring washed and drained quinoa to a boil with water and salt.
  2. Cover and reduce flame to lowest point. Cook for 20 minutes until water is absorbed.
  3. Spread cooked quinoa on large platter to cool (or rinse with cool water).
  4. While quinoa is cooking/cooling, mix together parsley, onion, tomatoes, scallion, dill, and mint leaves.
  5. Make lemon vinaigrette by combining lemon juice, olive oil and salt to taste.
  6. Combine all ingredients. Add garlic if you'd like some extra zing.
  7. Refrigerate salad until chilled.
  1. Adjust the amount of parsley to quinoa to your taste! If you like more of a salad texture use less quinoa and more parsley. If you're on for more of a grain dish use more quinoa and less parsley.
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You Are What You Eat, Think and Feel

My journey with fitness and my body started when I was about nine years old when I came across an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. I remember thinking how utterly perfect the models were and how I longed to look just so!

Well, for a Cuban girl with generous hips and thighs that is a hell of a goal. I remember dieting when I was twelve, drinking those horrendous protein shakes when I was fourteen and so I entered the battle with my body that would ensue through adolescence, pregnancy and most of my adult life.

Well, there is life after beauty magazines. In my journey of trying to figure out this paradox of health and beauty I became a personal trainer, a fitness instructor and holistic nutritionist.

One of the things that puzzled me most was how some clients – given the same training and nutrition recommendations – could not succeed. It was so frustrating, they just couldn’t stick with their nutritional programs. Why did some diets work for certain people and not for others? Why did SO many people have trouble with weight loss?

Why is it so hard to change your body?

Every month you have a new program, book, equipment, gimmick that will change your body. Millions of people join gyms, buy supplements, and order gadgets in the hopes of changing their bodies. Over and over again they are disappointed, discouraged and give up.

Many people earnestly put their all into an exercise or nutritional program and are frustrated when they don't get results. That's because nutrition is not the same for every body. Your nutritional requirements are unique.

You Are What You Eat, Think and Feel

Your food becomes your cells, your blood, your body. It even affects your thinking. Think of a time when you were low on energy and grabbed a cup of coffee, a chocolate bar or something with sugar in it to give you a lift. You don't make bad food choices because you lack will power. You make bad food choices because you are eating food that is not full of ‘life.'

And that's not all. Your body is also impacted by how you think and feel. I remember when I co-owned a World Gym Fitness Center and women would say to me, “I hate my belly! Help me get rid of this.” I'd answer, “No! Don't hate your belly, love it up.” I had discovered that the way I felt and spoke about my body directly impacted my results.

The more I cultivated a loving approach to my body, the better it responded. I had my best body in my 40's, not my 20's. The body IS flexible, and things are not as set in stone as they appear.


Curious yet? If you'd like some support on creating a flexible reality – and tangible results – for your body, fill out the Self Care Mastery Assessment and I'll follow up with a link to my scheduler for a complimentary session.

Step into a life, and body, that is powerful, exciting and totally crafted by you!

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