Sunshine Quinoa Salad

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I’m currently sitting on my couch wrapped in a cozy blanket and dreaming of sunshine. I guess I’ll have to settle for a quinoa salad instead ?
Salads are a favorite of mine. Usually my salad has some type of leafy green, but I’m a fan of grain salads as well. Quiona isn’t technically a grain, it’s a seed. It fits here, though. And it’s nutritious and filling. There are plenty of vegetables in this salad. Thanks to the amazing dressing, it doesn’t really taste like it. For real.
It’s cold and gray outside, with about a foot of snow on the ground. A foot of snow is a lot here. I need something fresh and sunny in my life. I am not a beach person. I will go. But it would never be my first choice for a trip. Unless of course, it’s the middle of winter. Then I’m all for going to the beach.
Since sunshine doesn’t seem to be in my near future, I came up with this salad instead. No, it’s not a beach, or a beautiful spring day. But it’s fresh-tasting, healthy, and bright, and summery. It will have to do.
The salad itself is made up of red quinoa, red peppers, edamame, and some almonds and coconut for crunch. The dressing, however, is where the sunshine comes from. With citrus, honey, and a touch of garlic, it’s perfect for making you at least feel like there’s more to the world than gray skies and cold.
You can use white quinoa of course. I have made the same salad with white. It’s just not as pretty. It’s also more difficult to find, and when you do it’s more expensive. If you close your eyes and eat it, you will still be transferred to sunnier days.

Sunshine Quinoa Salad

Light and refreshing, this citrus dressed quinoa salad is perfect for perking you up on cold dreary days when you just need a little sun in your life.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 372 kcal



  • 3 cups cooked and cooled red quinoa white works as well
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame thawed
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds


  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Put all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss well.
  • Put the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake until combined.
  • Add to the salad just before serving and toss.


Calories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 10gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 216mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 939IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 3mg
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