Raw Vegetable and Quinoa Salad


Salad anyone?  Well, today it is good ol’ Quinoa ! Man, I love this stuff. Okay, I don’t mean ‘stuff’ in a bad way, I just love quinoa.  The other day I brought out a fair-sized bowl (actually quite large), and loaded it up with a few cups of cooked quinoa, and then topped it up with mountains of raw vegetables and fresh herbs.  I then dug a tablespoon into this mountain of delicious vegetables and sunk the spoon down into the quinoa.  I then tossed and mixed this amazingly delicious concoction all together, and I am not going to lie, I was VERY tempted to take that spoon and dump a huge mouthful of all that deliciousness into my mouth….but I held myself back, took a deep breath, collected my thoughts, counted backwards from ten…. and dished some up on a plate for myself.

When the hubby came home, he opened the fridge and saw this massive bowl of quinoa salad, and by the look on his face I think he thought it would be his food for the week…but fear not, I am not that cruel…although the thought did enter my brain….The salad did not last 24 hours, thanks to my continual snacking on it every time I opened the fridge door !  And man…it was so good, it was like I just could not get enough.  🙂 Haha Quinoa obsession !!!

For me, this salad is just the best.  It is totally versatile.  Use whatever veggies float your boat, and if you decide to have corn, do yourself a favour, don’t cook it, have it raw, enjoy that crunch…..it is Cra-zy good !!!

The recipe below is enough for 2 people, but feel free to double up or quadruple the recipe as I did.


Raw Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

Preparation time:  20 minutes

Cooking time:  15 minutes

Total time:  35 minutes

Makes for 2 people


1 cup quinoa, cooked

1 cup black-eyed peas, cooked and roasted with salt, pepper and origanum

1 corn on the cob, kernels cut off

20/30 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 – 1/2 cup thinly shredded purple baby chinese cabbage

3 sliced spring onions, green parts as well

1/2 large red pepper, sliced or diced

1/2 large yellow pepper, sliced or diced

2/3 jalapeno’s, sliced finely

60 grams sugar snap peas, uncooked and chopped finely

a handful of herbs, I used mint and basil leaves and chopped chives.


Quinoa – cook as per packet instructions.

Black Eyed Peas – cook as per packet instructions, then place on a baking tray, with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried origanum.  Allow to roast in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15/20 minutes or until crispy.

Once all the veggies are sliced and prepared.  Place in a dish and serve.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  This can be a salad to have on the side or as a main meal.






109 thoughts on “Raw Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

  1. I have recently been making a quinoa vegetable salad adding a little olive oil and garlic. It is absolutely delicious. With all the fiber, it is extremely filling as well. This is a wonderful EASY meal or side dish (as you write.) Great choice or recipe to share!!

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  2. You’ve sold this amazing looking salad to me, Lynne, with your brilliantly funny description of it and how you made it. I must say, it looks perfect for us right now. You may have heard, we’re having little heatwave in Britain at the moment. Temperatures have been in the lower 30s (Celsius) for the last few days. That’s hot for us! So salad it is, nice and crunchy, too. 🙂

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  4. Hahaha! What a great post!!
    This cracked me up when you said, “I am not that cruel…although the thought did enter my brain….”

    I’m bookmarking this recipe because quinoa is so often forgotten and so easily made!
    Great post, Lynne, have a beautiful weekend!

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  5. Looks like the perfect recipe for me. I love quinoa too 🙂 and it looks yummyyyyy! I think it might be a meal at mine very very soon 🙂
    Wandered my way here but so glad I did 🙂 It’s wonderful to meet you and I’m looking forward to many more amazing recipes. Cheers and have a lovely day!

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    • Hi Aishwarya, lovely to meet you too, and thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 Nice to know another Quinoa fan, I love it, and seriously just can’t get enough…haha don’t be surprised if you see many many more quinoa meals on my post 🙂 Have a beautiful day. x

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    • Hey Shay-lon, thank you so much for the nomination, I really am humbled. Sadly I am going to have to decline, as I have made the decision to make my blog Award Free. I know I have not yet posted the post, but it will be done soon. So sorry, I hope you will understand.
      I have done a few quote challenges and loved every moment of them. I hope you enjoy it too, best of luck my friend. x

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      • Lynne,
        No problem. I had not known you are choosing to make your blog award free, thank you for letting me know. I am happy you have had the chance in the past to do quote challenges, it was very fun indeed! I know many people who have chosen to use an award free blog and that is okay, because I can understand the reasoning behind it:) Thank you for letting me know!

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    • Lori, the jalapenos do give it a bit of heat, but you can easily leave them out, and the meal is still lovely. I sometimes don’t have jalapenos, and happily leave them out and no one complains in my family 🙂

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    • Hey Clog, lovely to meet you. Thank you so much for the nomination for the Liebster Award, I really do appreciate your kindness. I have recently made my blog into an award free blog, so sadly I won’t be able to participate. But, once again, thank you! and thank you so much for the recognition. Hope you have a beautiful day. 🙂

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