I made you dinner.


You’re welcome.

And, no. It’s not just another quinoa salad recipe. This one is The Best. Hence, the name of the recipe.


You can thank me later.

It’s yummy. I promise.

This meal is gunna be a nice change of pace for y’all.

After Thanksgiving I’m sure you’re sick of eating sweet potatoes and turkey and gravy – by now your holiday party invitations are pouring in and I’m sure you’re not ready to dive into any more cranberry sauce. Am I right?



I can read you like a book.

This detox salad is sure to please your little palate. Fresh cilantro and lemon juice round out this bowl of goodness and deliver a fresh salad with sweet roasted red bell peppers with protein-filled quinoa.

You’re gunna need all the goodness you can get before you walk into those holiday parties filled with eggnog and cookies and o’ ya candy canes. Pure sugar ain’t gunna be your friend. No need to deprive yourself this season but make sure you stay on track with lots of lean proteins and hearty whole food fiber from fruits and veggies and your belly (and body) will thank you, come January 1st.




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The Best Quinoa Salad: Cilantro, Red Bell Pepper and Lemon Balsamic Dressing {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan}
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, steam peas in a steamer basket over medium heat until bright green and tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa with peppers, peas and cilantro.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper; drizzle over quinoa mixture and serve.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Quinoa Salad: Cilantro, Red Bell Pepper and Lemon Balsamic Dressing {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 2749IU55%
Vitamin C 117mg142%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Is made with Cilantro or Parsley? I see Cilantro in the description but parsley in the list of ingredients and directions.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe sounds delicious, but the description above it mentions roasted red peppers. The instructions don’t says anything about roasting the peppers. Sooo, I will try it with raw peppers…right?

  3. 5 stars
    This is my kind of recipe! A somewhat short, wholesome ingredients list! 🙂 I just bought a bunch of organic quinoa in bulk from (cheapest I could find it!), so now I definitely know one of the dishes I want to make with it! Thanks for the delicious looking recipe! <3

  4. I have such bad luck with quinoa-my family hates it. I think I must make it wrong. Anyway, I hope I am not too late for the Enjoy Life Giveaway. My daughter lives on their products! We are so grateful there is a line of allergy free products she can eat and enjoys!