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white bowl filled with apple quinoa salad

Oil-Free Apple Quinoa Salad {vegan, gluten-free}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Oil-free apple quinoa salad is everything you want in a fresh, filling whole grain meal. It is perfect as a side salad at dinner, or as the star of your packed lunch. Shredded apples & lemon add sweetness and flavor.


  • 3 cups cooked black or white quinoa (see below), cooled & chilled
  • 1 large tart-sweet apple, peeled and shredded
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped


  1. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, shredded apples, lemon zest and lemon juice, tossing to combine,
  2. Generously season the quinoa mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the pomegranate arils and parsley to bowl, tossing to combine. Serve!


To prepare 3 cups of cooked quinoa: Combine 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan (see chart below for other amounts of quinoa and water and their corresponding yields). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until liquid is just barely absorbed. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes for an al dente texture or 8 to 10 minutes for a softer texture. Fluff with a fork.


  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: About 1 and 1/4 cups (325 mL)
  • Calories: 223
  • Sugar: 12.6 g
  • Sodium: 2.4 mg
  • Fat: 3.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.8 g
  • Fiber: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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