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A wood salad bowl with Peruvian quinoa salad, sliced avocados and wood salad utensils.

Healthy Peruvian Quinoa Salad

Tamara Andersen
A simple and healthy Peruvian-inspired quinoa salad... Perfect as a side dish or light meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 4 generous servings
Calories 410 kcal


  • ½ cup thin sliced red onion about half a cup
  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 4 ounces tomatoes see Tips in post
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives
  • 1 cucumber ½ inch dice
  • 3 ounces queso fresco
  • 1 avocado optional
  • limes
  • olive oil
  • cilantro
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 2 limes zest and juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup +/- cilantro leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt and fresh ground pepper


  • Prepare the onions - Thin slice the red onion, then add them to a bowl of ice and water with a palmful of salt. Soak 15-30 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  • Prepare the quinoa - Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh sieve to remove any saponin (bitter coating). Cook according to package instructions. Cool completely.
  • Prepare the dressing - Add lime juice and zest, olive oil, cilantro, and salt in a small food processor or blender. Purée until smooth. Taste for seasoning with salt and pepper, then set aside.
  • Assemble the salad - Add the cooled quinoa and all other salad ingredients to a salad bowl. Toss with the dressing. Serve with sliced avocado if desired!


Macronutrients are an approximation only from MyFitnessPal.com, and DO NOT INCLUDE avocado!


Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 9gFat: 25g
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