by Olena

Broccoli Quinoa Salad

Olena Osipov
4.8 from 6 votes

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.

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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.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.
broccoli quinoa salad recipe

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.
4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 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 int osmall 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. Set aside.
  • 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.

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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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 4 stars
      Very good idea to break down the broccoli in the food processor. Simple, healthy and delicious. 4 stars instead of 5 only because blanched broccoli would soften the strong flavor that still seemed so prominent. I’ll do that next time. Also, tastes great w golden raisins added to it!

    2. 5 stars
      Hi there
      Love your blog. I am struggling to lose weight because there is so many diets so I decided to try meal prepping and I love your salad recipes I believe will work for me as I put them into mason jars.
      What is Mexican beans consist of?

      Thanks have a wonderful day.

    3. I have a lot of broccoli on hand but no quinoa. Would brown rice or something work as a substitute?

    4. 5 stars
      Love this salad. Only used dill and scallions which has given it the best flavor. Thought I could cut back on the olive oil but no, the amount stated is required. Used only half the quinoa once cooked as I wanted alot more veggie. Will share this recipe.

    5. 5 stars
      This is a great summer salad and a bit different from the usual. I loved the crunch from the toasted almonds. I did add a bit more lemon juice but I love that extra tanginess! 😉

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