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26 Quinoa Salads That'll Save You From a Sad Desk Lunch

Oct 3 2016 - 11:25am

While lunchtime has much potential, in reality it's far too often a rotation of soggy sandwiches, flat-tasting soups, and wilted salads. Avoid midday meal disappointment by preparing a sturdy quinoa salad — many taste nearly as good on the second, or even third, day — to bring with you to work, to school, or on a picnic. Here are a few tasty options.

— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry

Pink Quinoa Salad With Beets, Blood Orange, and Chimichurri

Get the recipe: pink quinoa salad with beets, blood orange, and chimichurri [1].

Strawberry and Spinach Salad With Quinoa and Goat Cheese

Get the recipe: strawberry and spinach salad with quinoa and goat cheese [2].

"Everything" Salad: Quinoa, Raisins, Pine Nuts, and More

Get the recipe: kale, raisin, pine nut, and parmesan quinoa salad [3].

Mason Jar Quinoa Salad With Green Thai-Style Dressing

Get the recipe: mason jar quinoa salad with green Thai-style dressing, sweet potato, and pomegranate seeds [4].

Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta

Get the recipe: quinoa salad with cherries, almonds, and feta [5].

Quinoa Broccoli Slaw With Honey Mustard Dressing

Get the recipe: quinoa broccoli slaw with honey mustard dressing [6].

Quinoa Salad With Pomegranates, Citrus, and Pistachios

Get the recipe: quinoa salad with pomegranates, citrus, and pistachios [7].

Raw Beet Salad With Quinoa, Carrots, Edamame, and Spinach

Get the recipe: raw beet salad with quinoa, carrots, edamame, and spinach [8].

Black Bean Quinoa Salad With Orange Vinaigrette

Get the recipe: spicy, citrus-dressed black bean quinoa salad [9].

Quinoa Salad With Roasted Poblanos, Black Beans, and Feta

Get the recipe: quinoa salad with roasted poblanos, black beans, and feta [10].

Spring Carrot, Radish, and Quinoa Salad With Herbed Avocado Mash

Get the recipe: Spring carrot, radish, and quinoa salad with herbed avocado mash [11].

Kale, Quinoa, and Blueberry Salad

Get the recipe: kale, quinoa, and blueberry salad [12].

Whole Foods Copycat California Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe: quinoa salad with mango, edamame, bell peppers, and coconut [13].

Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Quinoa Salad With Jalapeño Lime Dressing

Get the recipe: roasted cauliflower, chickpea, and quinoa salad with jalapeño lime dressing [14].

Rainbow Quinoa Salad With Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette

Get the recipe: rainbow quinoa salad with honey-citrus vinaigrette [15].

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Get the recipe: quinoa tabbouleh [16].

Southwestern Kale Salad With Sweet Potato, Quinoa, and Avocado Sauce

Get the recipe: Southwestern kale salad with sweet potato, quinoa, and avocado sauce [17].

Pomegranate, Arugula, and Almond Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe: pomegranate, arugula, and almond quinoa salad [18].

Ribboned Asparagus and Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe: ribboned asparagus and quinoa salad [19].

Guacamole Quinoa With Mango

Get the recipe: guacamole quinoa with mango [20].

Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe: sesame ginger quinoa salad [21].

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe: choose-your-own-adventure quinoa salad [22].

Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad

Get the recipe: berry avocado quinoa and kale salad with honey-lime poppyseed dressing [23].

Ginger Roasted Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad With Mint, Chili, and Lime

Get the recipe: ginger roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad with mint, chili, and lime [24].

Mexican Grilled Street Corn Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe: Mexican grilled street corn quinoa salad [25].

Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe: Thai peanut quinoa salad [26].

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