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17 Delicious Quinoa Salad Recipes to take to your Next Potluck

Let’s go keen-wah crazy with this tasty round-up of easy quinoa salad recipes to take to your next potluck! These delicious quinoa salad recipes are gloriously gluten-free with lots of vegetarian options too.

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I’ve been all about quinoa salad recipes for a LONG time. I love quinoa because it’s is so easy to prepare, incredibly versatile, high in protein and fibre and can be served for just about any meal! Quinoa salads are also great for meal prep because most of them can be made ahead of time!

Naturally, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to quinoa recipes, many of which are quinoa salad recipes that I think you’ll enjoy so I created a roundup here with over 15 healthy quinoa salad recipes. Hopefully you’ll like them as much as I do and decide to make one (or two) for your next potlick. First thing first, let’s cover a few quinoa basics!

How to cook quinoa in an Instant Pot for a salad:

I prefer to make quinoa in my Instant Pot because it cooks it perfectly every time! It’s never dry, over cooked, or wet and mushy, or under cooked.

  1. Rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold running water in a fine mesh strainer. (See why below.)
  2. Spray the Instant Pot liner with cooking oil and add the rinsed quinoa (still damp), 1.5 cups of water and a pinch of salt.
  3. Lock the lid and set the steam valve to its “sealing” position. 
  4. Select the “MANUAL” button and cook for 1 minute on high pressure. It will take about 5 minutes for the pressure to build, then the countdown timer will start. 
  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure. Fluff quinoa with a fork and serve.

Why do you need to rinse quinoa?

  • Rinsing your quinoa helps remove quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter. Note: There are a few quinoa brands some come pre-rinsed. If you’re looking to save time or don’t own a mesh strainer, look for one of these brands.

Potluck Quinoa Salad Recipes

Now that we have the basics covered, let’s hop right in to these awesome quinoa salad recipes. I can’t wait to hear which ones you’ll make first!

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