This gluten-free broccoli quinoa salad recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam inspires others with her passion for creating healthy and delicious recipes on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
As the weather warms up, I find it refreshing to make different types of salads for weeknight dinners. I like to have my lighter meal at night and salads are a great choice for that. Packed with flavor and nutrition, this broccoli quinoa salad makes a satisfying and delicious meal any day of the week.
Although this dish is vegetarian, it’s loaded with high-quality protein, thanks to quinoa. This gluten-free seed cooks up to a light, fluffy texture and behaves much like a grain. Considered a complete protein source, quinoa provides all nine essential amino acids. It also lends ample amounts of dietary fiber, which supports digestive health. An excellent source of protective antioxidants and energy-boosting iron, quinoa is truly a nutritional powerhouse.
I minced the broccoli to a rice-like consistency to be mixed with the quinoa. It was my first time making broccoli “rice” and I’m confident I’ll be using this technique to add broccoli seamlessly to other recipes in the future. Broccoli is a remarkable source of vitamins K and C, fiber, and potassium. Mixed with fresh cucumber and cherry tomatoes, this broccoli quinoa salad could easily become one of your favorite new ways to eat veggies. Next time I make this salad, I’ll throw in some chopped carrots and onions to mix things up.
For a bit of crunch, I tossed in pumpkin seeds, which are high in protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc and magnesium. This combination of nutrients fills you up, while supporting heart health, boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation levels. If you’d like, add your own favorite nuts and seeds to this salad. Dried cranberries or cherries would make a nice touch, too. The olive oil, Dijon mustard and vinegar dressing brings all of the ingredients together with a delicious, tangy sauce.
Make a batch at the start of your week and pack the leftovers for work or school. This healthy combination of ingredients is sure to keep you energized and satisfied. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this fresh and flavorful broccoli quinoa salad!