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
Source: Damn Delicious , Anna Monette Roberts, Little Ferraro Kitchen , Cooking Classy 
"Everything" Salad: Quinoa, Raisins, Pine Nuts, and More
This salad really does have everything! Kale, mint, raisins, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and other scrumptious ingredients work together to turn your meal  into a beautiful orchestra of flavors.
Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta
Sweet-tart cherries combine with creamy, briny feta and crunchy slivered almonds in this summertime offering .
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Quinoa Salad With Pomegranates, Citrus, and Pistachios
There's plenty to love about this vibrant option : pomegranate arils, pistachios, juicy citrus, and wait for it . . . bacon.
Black Bean Quinoa Salad With Orange Vinaigrette
Give your brown-bag lunch a tropical shakeup. This spicy, citrus-dressed black bean quinoa salad  is almost as good as taking a trip south of the border.
Kale, Quinoa, and Blueberry Salad
This novel salad  incorporates a wide variety of flavors, including seaweed, blueberries, and tomatoes. You'll love getting a taste of both land and sea in one salad.
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Rainbow Quinoa Salad With Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette
A rainbow in a bowl, this citrus quinoa dish  incorporates plenty of fresh produce. Prepare to make your co-workers jealous when you bust this out at lunch, because it smells incredible, looks gorgeous, and tastes great.
Give tabbouleh — a traditional Middle Eastern salad — a quinoa spin  for a lunch to remember.
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Pomegranate, Arugula, and Almond Quinoa Salad
Juicy pomegranate arils, bitter arugula, and nutty almonds  add plenty of flavor and visual interest to this quinoa salad.
Ribboned Asparagus and Quinoa Salad
Combine willowy ribboned asparagus with crunchy pine nuts, nutty quinoa, and umami-rich parmesan for a salad that brings the textural and flavor contrast .
Guacamole Quinoa With Mango
Spicy, fruity, and fresh, guacamole quinoa  is like a lunch-friendly spin on chips and guac.
Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad
It's rare to find a dish that is as gorgeous as it is tasty, but this sesame ginger quinoa salad  fits the bill. It's so pretty that you might not want to eat it — but you should, because its Asian influence gives it an incredible flavor.
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Choose Your Own Adventure
Consider this choose-your-own-adventure quinoa salad  a blueprint to lunchtime success. Proportions and ideas are laid out for add-ins, and the bright shallot dressing can't be beat.
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Quinoa, Avocado, and Apple Salad With Crispy Bacon
Think of this hearty avocado-, bacon-, and apple-topped salad  as a green salad with a nutty, chewy quinoa punch.
Fruit, Nut, and Gorgonzola Quinoa Salad
Sharp, funky gorgonzola pairs wonderfully with sweet-tart fruit, so this quinoa salad with apples, grapes, and gorgonzola  is sure to please.
Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad
If you like pad thai, then you'll love this Thai-influenced quinoa recipe . It contains all of the best elements of the classic dish, such as peanuts, cilantro, and bean sprouts, with a fun twist: it substitutes quinoa for rice noodles.