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Bowl of quinoa salad with parsley, almonds, and tricolor grape tomatoes

Parsley & Lemon Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This lemon and parsley quinoa dish is the perfect side salad for summer barbecues and dinner parties! Pair with grilled chicken or chickpeas for added protein and enjoy!


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1.5 cups water*
  • pinch of salt

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup finely minced parsley
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (juice of 1 large lemon)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt

For the Salad:

  • 1 pint halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped or slivered almonds
  • parsley, for topping
  • chopped greens, like arugula or romaine, are great here also!


  1. Rinse and drain quinoa.
  2. Place in pot with water, lemon zest (if you have it), and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  3. Combine dressing ingredients in a food processor or large jar and pulse or shake well.
  4. Pour dressing over cooked (and cooled) quinoa and stir well. You can dress the quinoa while still warm if time is short! ;)
  5. Add the tomatoes, parsley, and chopped almonds. I like to line them up for a pretty display, but you can combine everything together.
  6. Serve as is or with avocado, feta, red onion, or shredded chicken.


  • Many recipes and packages recommend 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water. This may work for warm dishes, but when you're using quinoa in cold dishes, it is important to use 1 cup of quinoa and just 1.5 cups water.
  • This recipe makes 6 servings if you're just planning to add some protein and serve as is. However, it makes quite a lot, and can serve up to 12 as a grain-based side.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Side, Salad
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten free, dairy free, quinoa, quinoa salad, lemon

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