by Olena

Broccoli Quinoa Salad

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Olena Osipov
4.9 from 7 votes

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This broccoli quinoa salad provides you with healthy greens, plant-based protein in quinoa, and tons of flavor! Perfect for serving as a healthy side or for Potlucks!

Once you’ve started adding quinoa to your salads, you’ll be hooked – try this Southwest quinoa salad, Mediterranean quinoa salad, or blueberry quinoa salad next!

Broccoli Quinoa Salad

I don’t love broccoli but I love my healthy broccoli salad! This broccoli quinoa salad is my second favourite and contains chopped broccoli, a mix of herbs, toasted slivered almonds and cooked quinoa. I really wanted all ingredients to be of similar texture. Then I added organic extra virgin olive oil (great for salads and not so great for heating), a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper.

This quinoa and broccoli salad with almonds was to die for and made a complete meal which we ate for days. I used slivered almonds which I happened to have on hand. I love their texture but they cost an arm and a leg, I agree. You can substitute with coarsely chopped almonds.

Looking for more quinoa salads? Try my quinoa tabbouleh salad and quinoa black bean salad or “get lost” among this 30 best healthy salad recipes from all over the web.

You might also like these other quinoa dishes like garlic butter shrimp with quinoa, and asparagus, black bean quinoa casserole, or quinoa falafel – or check out this list of 30 healthy quinoa recipes!

How to Make Broccoli Quinoa Salad

  1. In a medium pot, add quinoa, water and a pinch of salt. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork. Set aside. Follow my stovetop method for perfect results.Pot of cooked quinoa
  2. In the meanwhile, preheat small skillet on low heat and add almonds. Toast until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, add broccoli and process in batches until coarsely chopped.Broccoli florets in food processor; chopped broccoli in food processor
  4. Add to a large bowl along with remaining ingredients and gently stir to combine. Serve cold.

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Broccoli Quinoa Salad

Broccoli Quinoa Salad

Broccoli Quinoa Salad Recipe is a cold quinoa salad with raw broccoli, cooked quinoa, toasted almonds, any fresh herbs, olive oil and lemon.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 343kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups water + pinch of salt
  • 1 cup almonds slivered (coarsely chopped)
  • 1.5 lbs broccoli including stems, cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup herbs finely chopped (I used dill+parsley+mint+basil+cilantro+chives)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 lemon zest of
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper ground

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, add quinoa, water and a pinch of salt. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork. Follow this tutorial for perfect stovetop results or make in Instant Pot. Set aside.
    Broccoli Quinoa Salad
  • In the meanwhile, preheat small skillet on low heat and add almonds. Toast until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, add broccoli and process in batches until coarsely chopped. Add to a large bowl along with remaining ingredients and gently stir to combine. Serve cold.
    Broccoli Quinoa Salad

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 3 days.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 917IU | Vitamin C: 103mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3mg
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