Simple Quinoa Salad Recipe with Tomatoes and Cucumbers

    quinoa salad with tomatoes and cucumbers

    Refreshing, light options like this quinoa salad recipe are great to have on hand during the warm summer months. Paired with cherry tomatoes and crisp cucumbers, you’ll love all delicious flavors and textures in this salad.

    Quinoa is a flowering plant with edible seeds, often used as a healthy, gluten-free alternative to grains like rice. There are different types of quinoa available at the market, including, red, black, and white.

    For this quinoa salad recipe, you can use any kind of quinoa that you like. Either kind will work beautifully with the fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers that it’s paired with.

    If you’ve never had quinoa before, you should know it has a very tender texture once it’s cooked. Similar to rice, quinoa becomes fluffy with just the slightest bite when it’s properly cooked.

    This texture makes tomatoes and cucumbers perfect additions to a quinoa salad recipe like this. The cucumbers add hefty crunch to the quinoa, while the tomatoes compliment the tenderness of the quinoa. The tomatoes and cucumbers also add a sweet and refreshing touch to the salad, making it perfect for a warm summer day.


    Cook time: 15 minutes
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Idle time:



    1. Bring quinoa and three cups water to a boil.
    2. Add a generous pinch of sea salt, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes.
    3. Mix cooked quinoa with parsley, cucumber, and tomato. Taste test for salt and add more if needed.

    Additional information

    Updated by Beeta Hashempour on 6/19/2018

    By the time she was 28, Andrea was diagnosed with thyroid disease, which she credits as her motivation to embark on a healthier lifestyle through natural and sustainable food choices. Her health improved after two years of natural food choices and therapies; those adjustments became the catalysts that changed her life and profession. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she currently teaches her mission to encourage a healthier world through nutritious meal solutions. Andrea is a Natural Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is also the author of her self-published book, “The Whole Truth,” and her follow-up cookbook, “The Whole Truth Eating And Recipe Guide.” Andrea Beaman is the host of Wise Up! and Fed Up! on Z Living.