Broccoli and Quinoa Salad

Broccoli and Quinoa Salad recipe

Earlier this week I was rummaging through the pantry and found a stash of quinoa. And since then we have basically been living off of quinoa and whatever produce I have on hand. I am trying to disguise the fact that I keep feeding my family the same thing every night by altering the flavors: Quinoa and Avocado Salad, Asian Quinoa Salad, Southwest Quinoa Salad…I don’t think I am fooling anyone, but nobody is complaining so I am continuing my pattern with Broccoli and Quinoa Salad.

The quinoa, with its nutty flavor and crunchy texture, was a natural addition to my Nutty Broccoli Salad. I used mayonnaise in the dressing, but you could replace it with plain yoghurt to create a low-fat dressing.

Broccoli and Quinoa Salad
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Serves: 8
  • 1½ cups quinoa (I used red quinoa)
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette (I used Annie’s Naturals because it is gluten free)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  1. Add quinoa and water to a large pot. Cook over a medium-high flame until it reaches a boil. Lower flame, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Place quinoa in the refrigerator to cool.
  3. While the quinoa is cooling cook the bacon and then crumble it.
  4. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Once the quinoa had cooled, add the vegetables.
  6. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and veggies. Toss to coat.
  7. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator to keep cool until you do serve it.
Add time to let the quinoa cool.

Don’t worry, I found lots of rice and beans in my pantry inventory, so I won’t make my family live on quinoa forever.



  1. says

    My family loves broccoli salad. Adding quinoa was a really good idea. I’ve been looking for ways to use up that Costco-sized bag of quinoa in my freezer.

  2. says

    Great idea! I make broccoli salad a lot, but it seems to lack ingredients (and we don’t eat bacon, so that means it hardly contains anything). I can’t wait to give this a try.

  3. says

    I am a huge fan of quinoa in salad and this dish looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  4. says

    Love this recipe! The many uses for quinoa is just a great idea. I know that I can use it to make some recipes and meals for the week!! Let us see how it turns out!


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