Ok, salad lovers. We’re guessing there are salad ingredients you’re getting a little tired of all the food blogs raving about. We know, the internet is busting at the seams with kale recipes. We’ll spare you from a kale recipe for now. Perhaps you feel the same about quinoa, every food blogger’s favorite alternative grain. Not another quinoa salad, you must be thinking. Our Quinoa Salad with Herbs and Radishes is different, we promise! For one, this quinoa salad actually celebrates the unique flavor and texture of quinoa, which is nutty and slightly bitter when plain. (You can thank an enzyme called saponin for quinoa’s bitterness, which you can lessen by rinsing the quinoa or buying it pre-rinsed.) A lot of quinoa salad recipes incorporate lots of chopped vegetables, greens, beans, and heavy dressings and the quinoa ends up as an afterthought. This salad is all about the quinoa. We cooked the quinoa in our Instant Pot and fluffed it with a fork while we let it cool. We love the Instant Pot for how perfectly our grains come out: always salad ready. Learn more about Instant Pot » This salad also uses of a trio of fresh herbs, roughly chopped. We’re not talking about a sprinkle of thyme or a dash of oregano. We’re talking an entire half cup of chopped herbs. It is like taking a bite out of spring. We used parsley, oregano, and thyme but you can substitute sage, rosemary, basil, tarragon or any other fresh herb and you’ll be fine. Get creative and experiment with different combinations. We find the easiest way to chop the herbs is to remove the leaves from the steps, gather all of the leaves into a big pile, and chop them together with a chef’s knife. They’re all going into the same salad, so mix them up. Inhale through your nose one or two times in between chops for some pre-salad aromatherapy. Let us not forget the crunchy, spicy, radish. We know, some people don’t get radishes, but we love their crunch and slightly spicy, earthy flavor. Even if you don’t love radishes, you may find you like them in this salad as the slight bitterness of the quinoa and herbs gives the radishes a little more punch. And their fuchsia color really pops in this salad. Finally, we made a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette because lemon and fresh herbs and there’s not much more to say. Meyer lemons are a bit less tart but have a unique almost floral citrus flavor. For kicks we added a bit of the lemon zest to the salad, and we were not sorry. Light and fresh-tasting, this salad would pair beautifully with a tomato soup for lunch. In fact, we just thought of that and now we’re going to go warm up some soup to eat with this salad. Go forth, make and eat this delicious Quinoa Salad with Herbs and Radishes! Disclosure: The Salad Lobby earns a commission for purchases made through links in this article, at no extra cost to you. Quinoa Salad with Herbs and Radishes Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Servings: salad lovers Ingredients 3 cups quinoacooked 3 cups quinoacooked 1/2 cup fresh herbschopped (see note) 1/2 cup fresh herbschopped (see note) 1 cup radisheschopped 1 cup radisheschopped 1 tbsp lemon zest 1 tbsp lemon zest 1/2 cup red onionminced 1/2 cup red onionminced 1/2 cup Meyer lemon vinaigrette 1/2 cup Meyer lemon vinaigrette Instructions Combine all of the ingredients in a large salad bowl and stir until the vinaigrette is well distributed. Notes Use a combination of herbs such as oregano, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, tarragon or whatever is growing in your back yard. Print this recipe Add to your Shopping List » This recipe is in your Shopping List. Add to your Meal Planner » Select Course to Add: BreakfastLunchDinner This recipe has been added to your Meal Planner. 3 Responses Pech April 4, 2017 I’m a big fan of quinoa, especially in salads because texture is very important that differentiates a salad as ok to awesome Reply Create/Enjoy April 4, 2017 Great herb-chopping tip! Reply Brianne Limani April 4, 2017 I love Quinoa, so this looks amazing. Definitely a great recipe for spring and summer! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.