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Quinoa Salad 

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Ready for another TikTok recipe? This Quinoa salad is one of a kind! It is super filling, easy to make and if you love Rachel from Friends she ate it every day for 10 years so, of course, it has to be good! 

Quinoa Salad 

Ever wonder what Jennifer Aniston ate every day on Friends? Well, we are spilling the beans! It was this delicious Quinoa Salad that is of course trending on TikTok that you are not going to want to miss. It is loaded with quinoa, chickpeas, tons of vegetables, feta cheese and tossed with a perfect light vinaigrette dressing. 

Quinoa Salad

At first sight, I knew I had to try this dish and with a few little additions, this TikTok Quinoa Salad is my new go-to favorite that I am now enjoying every day for lunch! 

Quinoa Salad

It is beyond delicious and has so many different aspects that are super filling. This is one TikTok recipe you will want to try! 

For more TikTok recipes you will love, try our baked feta pasta and our TikTok Viral Ranch Pickles

Salad Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked 
  • 1 cup of water
  • 15 ounces can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large cucumber, diced (1 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 10-15 mint leaves, minced
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 4 cups pickled red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup pistachio, crushed
  • 10 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (1 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rose balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to Make Quinoa Salad

1. Rinse the quinoa before cooking. In a small saucepan, add the quinoa and water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Remove from heat (keeping the lid on) and let stand for 5 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Place the cooked quinoa in a large salad bowl off to the side allowing it to cool. 

2. Add in the remaining salad ingredients. Toss and set aside.

3. In a small bowl, add the vinaigrette dressing ingredients and whisk until incorporated. Pour over salad, gently toss, and serve.

Quinoa Salad

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • You want to make sure when you are cooking your quinoa that you leave the lid on after cooking so that the water is absorbed all the way. 
  • If you prefer you can add mint or cilantro to this salad. 
  • This salad is a great addition to a green salad. 
  • Feel free to make minor adjustments to the ingredient list if you choose. This will change the flavor, but you may omit ones that you do not particularly care for. 
Quinoa Salad

Storage

You will want to store your leftover quinoa salad in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

quinoa salad pin

Can you make Quinoa salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make quinoa salad ahead of time. I love to make mine in the instant pot as well. I recommend cooking your quinoa and letting it cool and then adding all the other ingredients excluding the dressing. Place this in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Add the dressing, mix it together and serve.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ready for another TikTok inspired recipe? This Quinoa salad is one of a kind! It is super filling, easy to make and if you love Rachel from Friends she ate it every day for 10 years so, of course, it has to be good!

Ingredients

  • Salad Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup of water
  • 15 ounces can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large cucumber, diced (1 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 10-15 mint leaves, minced
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 4 cups pickled red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup pistachio, crushed
  • 10 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (1 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rose balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

    Rinse the quinoa before cooking. In a small saucepan, add the quinoa and water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Remove from heat (keeping the lid on) and let stand for 5 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Place the cooked quinoa in a large salad bowl off to the side allowing it to cool.

    Add in the remaining salad ingredients. Toss and set aside.

    In a small bowl, add the vinaigrette dressing ingredients and whisk until incorporated. Pour over salad, gently toss, and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 890mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 14gSugar: 16gProtein: 15g

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