Monday, June 3, 2013

Wholefoods California Quinoa Salad

wholefoods california quinoa salad recipe

This weekend Chris & I stopped at Wholefoods for lunch. I got a small container of what Wholefoods called California Quinoa Salad.  It was just what I wanted, light but satisfying & most importantly not greasy making it the perfect salad during a heat wave. Upon finishing my tasty choice, I peeled the sticker from the container -like any rational gal that blogs about food- & stowed it safely in my purse so I could recreate it when I got home.

I made a huge batch (my recipe is very generous) that I plan on eating for lunch for several days.  The best part is there's no mayo in the salad so even if you don't have a fridge nearby it's great for summer lunch or a picnic outside.


  • 2 cups (uncooked) quinoa
  • 3 1/2 cups veggie stock (or you can use water)
  • 1 mango, peeled, cored & cubed into small pieces
  • 1 red pepper, seeded & cubed into equal-sized small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 limes, juice & zest
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
Make it!
  1. Heat quinoa, veggie stock & dried cherries over medium heat. Bring to boil & then reduce heat. Cover & cook for 15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. In the meantime, combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add cooked quinoa to fruit & veggie mixture. Serve warm, cold or at room temperature.
wholefoods california quinoa salad recipe

wholefoods california quinoa salad recipe

wholefoods california quinoa salad recipe


  1. I'm always looking for new quinoa recipes-this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    1. It's tasty & light. Perfect for summer. :) Thanks for reading, Dawn!