The Quinoa Salad of Ultimate Perfection

I’d been craving a quinoa salad, maybe because of the dish full of leftover quinoa we had combined with my efforts to incorporate more salad-as-meals into our dinner repertoire.

Well, I went for it, and it was soooooooooo good!!! I don’t take credit. It was just one of those times where you throw something together and it actually turns out well! And I’ve been dying to share. You’ll love it.

quinoa salad

The Quinoa Salad of Ultimate Perfection

Serving Size: Serves 4, generously

The Quinoa Salad of Ultimate Perfection


  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 small tomatoes, diced
  • 4 small cucumbers, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 small log plain goat cheese
  • 10 oz baby arugula, washed
  • Dressing
  • juice from two large lemons
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and emulsify.
  2. Alternately, whisk briskly in a bowl.
  3. Adjust ingredients to taste.
  4. Salad
  5. Place cooked quinoa and diced veggies in large bowl.
  6. Add beans.
  7. Pour half of dressing over quinoa and toss gently.
  8. Place arugula on plate or in bowls and top with quinoa mixture.
  9. Top with more dressing and crumbled goat cheese.


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  1. Sarah Helene says:

    Looks delicious… hope to prepare it this week! THANKS for sharing recipe. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

  2. Jan Janzen says:

    Thank you Shifrah…I’m always on the hunt for a good salad!!