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    Quinoa Salad with Salmon – so delicious, nutritious and easy to make. Takes only 20 minutes to make. Perfect for dinner or lunch.

    quinoa salad with salmon

    Today, I am going to share with you a very simple quinoa salad with salmon. The dressing in this salad makes all the difference though – quick and easy to make and yet it has a sophisticated taste. The flavor is truly amazing – white wine vinegar, water, coconut sugar, garlic and jalapeno slices are mixed together and cooked for a couple of minutes on the cooktop. It adds a really nice sweet tangy taste to the salad and pairs well with the salmon.

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    You can cook the quinoa ahead of time and store it in the fridge. That way it won’t take you but 15 – 20 minutes to prepare this meal the next day. This recipe makes enough for 4 people.

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    Back to the recipe for Quinoa Salad with Salmon.

    How To Make Quinoa Salad with Salmon

    What you need

    1 (8 oz) wild salmon fillet

    1 tsp salt, divided

    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided

    1/4 tsp garlic powder

    1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

    1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (about 1/2 cup uncooked)

    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

    1/2 European cucumber, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

    1/2 large red onion, diced

    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

    Dressing

    1/4 cup white wine vinegar, plus more for drizzling (optional)

    1/4 cup water

    1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or you can use honey)

    2 garlic cloves, smashed

    2 Tbsp jalapeno slices

    coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

     Preparation

    Wash quinoa thoroughly and cook according to package instructions. Wash vegetables and chop/dice them.

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    Sprinkle salmon evenly with 1/4 tsp salt,  1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Place salmon on a foil lined baking sheet and broil for about 10 minutes.quinoa salad with salmon

    For the dressing, I used the dressing recipe from the Grilled Chicken with Zucchini, Radish and Cherry Tomato Relish. Combine vinegar, water, sugar (or honey), garlic, jalapeno slices, and 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

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    When salmon is done, flake fillet with a fork into small chunks.

    Combine cooked quinoa, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber and onion, chopped basil leaves and salmon, in a large mixing bowl. Season with the remaining salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and with the salad dressing on top, and toss gently to combine.

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    Serve warm. Enjoy!
    quinoa salad with salmon

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    Quinoa Salad with Salmon
    5 from 7 votes
    Quinoa Salad with Salmon
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    Quinoa Salad with Salmon - so delicious, nutritious and easy to make. Takes only 20 minutes to make. Perfect for dinner or lunch.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: 30 Minutes, Dairy Free, Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Quick, Spring, Summer
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 373 kcal
    Author: Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    Ingredients
    • 1 8 oz wild salmon fillet
    • 1 tsp salt divided
    • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper divided
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa about 1/2 cup uncooked
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
    • 1/2 European cucumber quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
    • 1/2 large red onion diced
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
    Dressing
    Instructions
    1. Sprinkle salmon evenly with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Place salmon on a foil lined baking sheet and broil for about 10 minutes.
    2. Combine vinegar, water, sugar (or honey), garlic, jalapeno slices, and 3/4 tsp salt in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
    3. When salmon is done, flake fillet with a fork into small chunks.
    4. Combine salmon, cooked quinoa, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber and onion, and chopped basil leaves in a large bowl. Season with the remaining salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and with the salad dressing on top, and toss gently to combine. Serve warm. Enjoy!
    Nutrition Facts
    Quinoa Salad with Salmon
    Amount Per Serving (263 g)
    Calories 373 Calories from Fat 100
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 11.1g 17%
    Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 9.6g
    Cholesterol 25mg 8%
    Sodium 615mg 26%
    Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 5.8g 23%
    Sugars 3.7g
    Protein 21.1g 42%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Comments

    Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip

    This looks so amazing and healthy! I’ve been thinking of a dish to make this weekend to help detox from Memorial Day. I’ll have to try this!

    xo, Lisa | Strum Simmer Sip

    This dish screams spring and I love it! So bright and fresh and pretty, by the way!! Delicious!

    This is such a gorgeous and healthy dish! We adore salmon dishes. I love all the bright and fresh flavors in here!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Salmon is my favorite sea food too, I eat fish at least couple times a week. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly!

    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily

    We’ve had unusually cool and rainy weather here in Phoenix, AZ. which can only mean crazy weather every where else! We all adore salmon and eat it often. Thanks so much for sharing a recipe we will enjoy. Saving, sharing and a new fan here 😉

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Enjoy! 🙂 I love salmon too, and we eat it all the time – I love trying out new ways to prepare it. Thanks for stopping by, Gwen! 🙂

    Regina

    Hello Neli,

    This recipe is so refreshing and I have to say delicious – salmon & quinoa are perfect together.
    Reading you recipes I see that they are easy, healthy & refreshing, perfect for summer nights.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks Regina! Yes, my main goal is to create and share easy, healthy and delicious recipes, and I am so glad that you think they are. 🙂

    Yummy! I will let hubby know about this as he’s a huge salmon and quinoa fan so this is so perfect for him! Pinned.

    Still working on getting my kids to like quinoa. It’s a bit of tough sell at times but we’re getting there!

    I love how healthy this is! I love salmon pretty much any which way it’s served, but I am on a quinoa kick lately now, too, so of COURSE I should be combining the two! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Erin

    Two of our favorite things – salmon and quinoa! This looks great. Love that it’s served warm.

    We eat salmon a few times a month and I love your idea of incorporating it into a salad. Quinoa gets overlooked sometimes at my house, this is a great way to bring it into our meals. I know my family would love this.

    Terry

    I liked this salad so much that it was really hard not to eat more than my share. Used cilantro in place of the basil and honey in place of the coconut sugar. Grilled the salmon. Wish there were leftovers for lunch.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      So glad to hear you loved this salad, Terry! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    Sophie

    Absolutely delicious! Great way to use leftover salmon from dinner for lunch the next day. I added some feta cheese and I think I’ll top with avocado next time too.

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