Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad Recipe

California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods Copycat)

California quinoa salad is mildly Thai-inspired with edamame, fresh mango, coconut flakes, raisins, bell pepper, red onion, fresh cilantro and almonds, lightly dressed in fresh lime juice and balsamic vinegar.

Hello, Whole Foods knock-off! I think I love you.

This is pasta salad’s cousin, the healthier version of picnic food that doesn’t have any oil or mayo in it yet still manages to taste like a million bucks thanks to the hodgepodge of fresh, bright flavors.

California Quinoa Salad

Everything is cut up small, like a chopped salad and even though there’s a lot of chopping to do it can be done in the time it takes to cook and cool off the quinoa. It makes a huge bowl full – enough to eat for lunch everyday for an entire week or more making it perfect for a pot luck, party or a day at the beach. It’s gluten free and vegan too. {Yes, you’re in the right place.} Not that I much care about those labels – I just thought I’d mention it in case you do.

But you’d seriously never know it. Sure it tastes light and bright and healthy but beyond that it’s most importantly, delicious. Nutty and sweet, chewy and crunchy, savory and spicy, so many things going on at the same time, yet they all combine to make one of the most colorful, flavorful and satisfying salads you will ever set eyes on. Or put in your mouth.

No joke. Me and this salad are best friends now. Bff’s forever.

Or at least for the rest of spring and summer. . .

Copycat California Quinoa Salad

Whole Food's California Quinoa Salad Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings as a side

 Whole Food's California Quinoa Salad Recipe

California quinoa salad is mildly Thai-inspired with edamame, fresh mango, coconut flakes, raisins, bell pepper, red onion, fresh cilantro and almonds, lightly dressed in fresh lime juice and balsamic vinegar.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 + 1/2 cups shelled edamame, thawed, if frozen
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
1/2 green bell pepper, diced small
1 small red onion, diced small
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
2 limes, zested (just the green not the white pith) and juiced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Rinse the quinoa well in a wire strainer and cook according to package directions. Cool. Fluff with a fork.
  2. In a large mixing bowl toss everything together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers.

Notes:

Adapted from My Quest to Become Plant Strong

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Whole Foods Copycat California Quinoa Salad

Whole Foods California Quinoa Salad

Comments

  1. Swathi says

    Delicious and colorful salad Reeni, it has pineapple my favorite ingredient that will reduce the bitterness of quinoa. yumm.

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