Hearty Quinoa Salad – Meatless Monday Recipe

To be completely honest (which I always try to be with you guys), we haven’t been participating in Meatless Monday for the last few weeks. I think it was a combination of someone always being sick in our house for what seems like an eternity and just kind of forgetting while meal planning.

Now that we are all healthy (knock on wood!), we are back on track with our Meatless Monday goal. You can read about why we decided as a family to join the Meatless Monday movement and our reasons haven’t changed.


We kicked off our meat-free meal focus last week with this Hearty Quinoa Salad. This is one of those meals that I just know will become a staple around here. It’s easy to make, super filling, and makes great leftovers!

One of my goals for the new year is to cut back our family’s grocery budget to save some money. Finding budget friendly meals that our family loves has become my mission in life. This Hearty Quinoa Salad costs less than $3 per serving to make. That means I can feed my whole family lunch  for under $12. I consider that a win.

hearty quinoa salad, vegetarian and gluten free.

Nutritionally, I really like that this dish provides a well balanced dish. You get protein from quinoa, heart healthy fats from the nuts and avocado as well as vitamin & minerals from the cranberries, parsley and orange. The simple dressing really finishes off the dish nicely without being overpowering.

It’s also completely customizable to what you have in the pantry/fridge, so you can use up leftover ingredients. It would be great with some grilled salmon, canned tuna, leftover chicken, almonds, or dried apricots. Any dish that works well with different ingredients is always a good recipe to have on hand.

Hearty Quinoa Salad - Meatless Monday Recipe
Recipe type: vegetarian
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Serves: 1 serving
Hearty Quinoa Salad full of flavor from dried cranberries, avocado, oranges, and walnuts.
  • 1 cup Quinoa, prepared
  • ¼ cup Dried Cranberries (unsweetened)
  • ½ Avocado, diced
  • ½ Orange, segmented and chopped
  • ¼ cup Walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Red Onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  1. Prepare the quinoa per the instructions on the package. Allow to cool before use
  2. Combine the quinoa, cranberries, avocado, orange, walnuts and red onion in a bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Slowly drizzle the dressing over the quinoa salad
  5. Toss and enjoy!

Check out some other Meatless Monday recipe ideas below…

Latin Black Bean Soup

Tomato While Bean Soup

Mediterranean Plant Protein Bowl

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage

French Lentil Stew





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    Lauren O'Connor January 23, 2017 (9:15 am)

    This quinoa salad looks gorgeous. Everything is so fresh and bright!

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      Brynn McDowell January 23, 2017 (10:17 am)

      Thanks Lauren! Love recipes that utilize fresh ingredients but are also customizable to what’s in season.

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    Dan January 24, 2017 (12:43 pm)

    I can attest, I don’t normally think of quinoa, but loved this.

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