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Quinoa Salad

By: Nutritionist Jennifer Regester, RD, CDN, CDE

For a tasty salad that is super tasty and healthy, put this Quinoa Salad on your list of gluten free foods that you eat over and over again. This easy delicious salad recipe is a surefire success.


Jennifer Regester, RD, CDN, CDE is a Nutritionist at the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center.

Some Quick Facts about Quinoa: Quinoa is a highly nutritious whole grain as well as a complete protein! It is also gluten-free and a great source of nutrients such as iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.

This recipe is also diabetes-friendly.

See this recipe and more in 42 Flavorful Flat Belly Diet Recipes.


  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine seeds
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper


  1. Rinse the quinoa to remove any powdery residue by placing the grains in a strainer and rinsing until the water runs clear.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, add the quinoa and cook uncovered for 10-12 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Place all ingredients into a large bowl, and mix together until ingredients are lightly coated with the lemon juice and olive oil.
  4. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

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