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Zesty Quinoa Salad

Hello my lovelies !

This weekend we had a great barbecue with friends. And when you say barbecue, you also say salad. I already introduced my yummy Alsatian potato salad and my cucumber salad. Today, let’s change a little bit the subject and go for spices and super healthy: my zesty quinoa salad.

An amazing mix of flavors with no guilt !!

I found my inspiration on Allrecipes website, it’s the perfect match for your grilled meat or fish. It’s great for a nice lunch in the shade of a parasol !! This salad is super light and tasty. The only fat comes from the olive oil and it’s couterbalanced by the lime. Chopped onions and fresh coriander will bring the final touch to this meal for your greatest pleasure !!

Try it, it’s just simple and fantastic !!

Shall we ?

Zesty Quinoa Salad

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Serves: 8-10 Difficulty: easy Price: $
Cooking Time: 25 min


  • 200 g quinoa
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 limes (2 tbsp)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more)
  • 1/4 tsp "Piment d'Espelette"
  • 20 cherry tomatoes (I take both yellow and red ones)
  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • salt and pepper



Cook the quinoa in a large volume of salted boiling water.


Combine quinoa, tomatoes, chick peas and green onions together in a bowl.


Whisk the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 tsp salt, red pepper flakes and "Piment d'Espelette".


Add it in your salad bowl.


Add the fresh coriander.


Season with salt and pepper if necessary.


Spice is always a tricky matter. Tastes vary a lot. It's up to you to adjust according to your own tastes. For those who are not quinoa fans, you can take bulgur wheat instead, even though I think that quinoa really adds something to this dish ! Another idea : replace the chick peas by red beans.





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  • Reply
    Monday May 21st, 2018 at 10:27 PM

    excellente salade, testée en accompagnement d’un barbecue ! faite sans les oignons frais que je n’avais pas trouvés; Merci pour la recette !

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      Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 at 06:21 AM

      Merci Isabelle !! C’est un basique du barbecue chez nous ! La fraîcheur de cette salade est top !! Belle semaine !

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    Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Peut on faire cette salade la veille ?
    Merci d’avance pour votre retour.


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      Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at 11:01 AM

      Oui tout à fait Hélène ! 😉

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    Sunday June 19th, 2022 at 05:56 PM

    Excellente salade ! Simple à réaliser et idéale par ces températures estivales. Merci Emmanuelle.

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      Sunday June 19th, 2022 at 06:00 PM

      avec grand plaisir Marie-Laure !

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    Alix Callens
    Monday April 15th, 2024 at 02:49 PM

    merci pour cette recette qui a l’air délicieuse
    Je me pose la question des quantités, c’est écrit pour 8 à 10 personnes, avec seulement 200 g de quinoa ?
    Merci d’avance !

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      Monday April 15th, 2024 at 03:39 PM

      Bonjour Alix,
      En accompagnement c’est effectivement pour 8 à 10 personnes, comptez 8 personnes si vous ne voulez pas manquer. Il y a aussi 400 g de pois chiches. Mais prévoyez plus si vous avez de gros mangeurs. 😉

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