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Overhead view of a bowl of healthy powerhouse quinoa salad with balsamic dressing

Powerhouse Quinoa Salad (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-7 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Powerhouse Quinoa Salad – This healthy quinoa salad is PACKED with superfood nutrients and flavor. It’s the perfect healthy meal prep lunch! (Gluten-free + vegan)



For The Powerhouse Quinoa Salad:

  • 3 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (Made from 1 cup dry quinoa + 2 cups water)*
  • 1 small green apple, cored and diced
  • 1 small Honeycrisp apple (or another red apple), cored and diced
  • 12 cups loosely packed spinach leaves, torn or roughly chopped
  • 23 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • Optional: feta or cotija cheese to sprinkle

For The Balsamic Dressing:

  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (can sub honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine cooked and cooled quinoa, apples, celery, spinach leaves, cranberries, walnuts, (and cheese, if using).
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. (Dressing will keep 1 week in the refrigerator.)
  3. Add half of the dressing to the salad and stir to combine.
  4. Taste and add additional dressing, as desired.


How To Prepare the Quinoa. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Add 1 cup rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let steam 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Let cool.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish, Vegetarian
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American