Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad (gluten-free, soy-free, low-amine, vegetarian) photo

Quinoa Salad (gluten-free, soy-free, low-amine, vegetarian)

This filling, high-protein quinoa and grain salad is low-amine and gluten-free. The softness of the grains and avocado are well complimented by the sliver-thin crisp vegetables on top. Stacked high, this dish is visually appealing as well as flavorful.

1 C Quinoa, cooked (1/2 C quinoa, dry, cooked with 1 C water)

1/2 C rice, cooked (brown, black or wild rice add a nice color and texture, if available)

1/2 C cooked beans

1 small avocado

2 Green onion, thinly sliced

1 rib celery

3″ hot house cucumber, halved

10 small radishes

1/3 C feta

black pepper to taste

Marinade for sliced vegetables:

1/2 tsp ascorbic acid

1 tsp tart cranberry juice

1 Tbsp water

1/4 tsp molasses

1/2 tsp sugar

2 sprigs dill, minced

Pureed Sauce for Grains:

3 sprigs cilantro

3 sprigs parsley

4 sprigs dill

1 large cloves garlic

3 Tbsp safflower oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp ascorbic acid

3 Tbsp water

  • Wash and trim celery, radishes, and cucumber.
  • Using a mandoline, slice them very thin into a bowl.
  • In a ramekin, mix all Marinade ingredients together until sugar and ascorbic acid dissolves completely. Toss in with sliced vegetables.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together quinoa, rice, and beans. Toss until well mixed.
Grains bowl, and marinated vegetables bowl for quinoa salad (photo)

Grains bowl, and marinated vegetables bowl for quinoa salad

  • Dice avocado and add to the grains.
  • In a food processor, mix all Sauce ingredients together. Puree until very smooth.
  • Pour sauce into grains and mix gently. Avoid smashing the avocado.
  • Plate, with grains as the base ingredient, and a tall stack of the marinated vegetables on top.
  • Crumble feta on top, and crack a small amount of black pepper at the highest point.


Very Low Amine: quinoa, rice, beans, green onion, water, celery, cucumber, radish, ascorbic acid, dill, parsley, cilantro, salt, black pepper

Low Amine: molasses, sugar, safflower oil, feta cheese

High Amine: cranberry juice

Very High Amine: avocado


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  1. OMG that quinoa salad looks SOOOOO good. Im making this tonight!!

    • Nom! Hurrah! You’ll love it. Since you aren’t allergic to amines, I *highly* suggest adding toasted pine nuts, if you have them. 🙂

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