Quinoa Recipes

Jeweled Quinoa Salad

This Jeweled Quinoa Salad is a versatile quinoa salad recipe that works well as a holiday side, but is simple enough for every day.  Beautiful, delicious and nutritious!

I never put recipes that I don’t like on the website, but some of them hold a special place in my heart.

This Jeweled Quinoa Salad is one of them.


Photo of Jeweled Quinoa Salad in a White Bowl

I created this recipe almost seven years ago, and it is still one of my favorites. I have lost track of how many times I’ve made it, but every time I do I wonder why I don’t make it more often.

I love everything about it – the colors, the texture, and the taste. I would argue that it is pretty enough for your holiday table!


Side shot of Jeweled Quinoa Salad in a white bowl on a turquoise napkin

It makes a fabulous side dish, but also works well as a vegan main course. I’ve been known to eat it for breakfast on more than one occasion.  (But I am weird like that.  I routinely eat a green salad for breakfast.)

Don’t you love how turmeric colors quinoa?

I try to use turmeric in my cooking as often as I can. Not only does it give dishes fabulous color, but it is such a nutritional powerhouse, helping to ease pain and inflammation.  (I take a turmeric supplement daily as well.)

The combination of turmeric, quinoa, and pistachios turns this vegan quinoa salad into a meal that will keep you fueled without weighing you down. I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get this time of year.

Horizontal image of Jeweled Quinoa Salad

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Jeweled Quinoa Salad

This healthy and delicious quinoa salad is perfect for breakfast or lunch. It also makes a great side dish for a more hearty meal. I have to say that this is one of my favorite vegan quinoa salad recipes!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 green onions chopped (white and green parts, divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 3 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons dried raisins
  • 1/3 cup pistachios chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add the white part of the green onions, turmeric, and quinoa and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

  2. Add vegetable broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.

  3. Bring to a simmer and reduce to low. Cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Fold in fruits and cover. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in pistachios, green onion tops, and lemon juice. May be served warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition Facts

Jeweled Quinoa Salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 213 Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7g 11%

Sodium 201mg 8%

Potassium 350mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%

Dietary Fiber 3g 12%

Sugars 7g

Protein 5g 10%

Vitamin A 7.8%

Vitamin C 4.3%

Calcium 3.2%

Iron 11.2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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