Sunshine Quinoa Salad

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I’m currently sitting on my couch wrapped in a cozy blanket and dreaming of sunshine.
It’s cold and gray outside, with about a foot of snow — or more, I haven’t been outside — on the ground. I need something fresh and sunny in my life.
But 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. So 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.

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 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
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
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.
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