Roasted Quinoa Broccoli Salad is healthy, full of protein & easy to throw together. It can be a side, a meatless meal or, add chicken, salmon or shrimp, for the perfect lunch or dinner.
Are you one of the quinoa lovers or quinoa haters? Most people trying to eat healthy love it and always have a supply of quinoa on hand (you know, so you can make this delicious Roasted Quinoa Broccoli Salad) and some say it's just passe and they are looking for the next big health craze. But I have to tell you, there is absolutely nothing that can compare to quinoa's nutritional value, its versatility and its deliciousness.
I love quinoa and I know I always will. It is the perfect protein as well as being super good for you. It's great as a side for lunch or dinner or equally as good as a meatless meal all by itself. And it's great for all our gluten-free friends too!
Today's salad is easy to throw together on the weekend and perfect for weekday lunches or dinner. I like to combine it with a chicken breast, which can be as easy as picking up a rotisserie chicken on your way home, grilled salmon or steamed or sauteed shrimp. It can be served warm or cold too.
Roasted Quinoa Broccoli Salad is the perfect summer salad.
I'm also so crazy about the roasted broccoli that I make extra and serve that as a side for another dinner. I might even nibble on it during the day when I get hungry too. 🙂 Toss in some delicious pistachios and it puts this salad over the top. And if you don't care for pistachios you can always sub another nut, such as pecans, walnuts or almonds. Hope you enjoy!
Main dish suggestions to pair with salad
Tipsy Chicken - grilled chicken with a kick from a tequila marinade
Tuna & Mango Kabobs - chunks of juicy, tender ahi tuna are skewered with fresh sweet mango chunks for a health, delicious weeknight dinner
Mexicali Chicken - Baked chicken taken up a notch with salsa and mozzarella cheese
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Roasted Quinoa Broccoli Salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 heaping cups roasted broccoli*
- 3 cups spinach, chopped
- 1 green onion, sliced thinly
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice or juice of 1 lemon
- ⅓ cup pistachios, chopped
- ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Salt & pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and water, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Fluff and place in large serving bowl.
- Add roasted broccoli, spinach and green onion then drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Toss to coat.
- Add remaining ingredients and serve.
Original recipe for Quinoa Salad from Two Peas & Their Pod