Crunchy Quinoa Salad

This crunchy quinoa salad is not only healthy and kidney-friendly, but it’s also bursting with flavor from a whole lot of delicious veggies. We love serving it on Boston or Bibb lettuce to give it more of a salad feel. Ready in under 30 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this quinoa salad recipe. Now, let’s get cooking!

Crunchy Quinoa Salad
This crunchy quinoa salad is not only healthy and kidney-friendly, but it’s also bursting with flavor from a whole lot of delicious veggies.

Crunchy Quinoa Salad Ingredients

Eight 1/2 Cup Servings

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind (zest)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ head Boston or Bibb lettuce, separated into cups

How to Prepare Crunchy Quinoa Salad

  • Rinse quinoa under cold running water until clear
  • Drain well
  • Place quinoa in a pan over medium-high heat and toast for 2 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for 8–10 minutes
  • Let cook and fluff with a fork
  • Combine tomatoes, cucumbers and onions with the herbs, lemon juice, zest and olive oil
  • Add the cooked (and cooled) quinoa to the vegetable mixture
  • Spoon the crunchy quinoa salad into lettuce cups, then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top

Crunchy Quinoa Salad Nutrition Facts

(per serving)

Calories 158
Carbohydrates 16 g
Protein 5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Total Fat 9 g
Sodium 46 mg
Potassium 237 mg
Phosphorus 129 mg

We love sharing our kidney-healthy recipes with you like this kidney-friendly crunchy quinoa salad! We try to share a new recipe every week. So, if you’re craving a favorite food, but it’s not on your kidney diet, please let us know. We’ll look into it and try to add a kidney-friendly version to our list of upcoming recipe blogs. For more kidney-healthy recipes, visit our blog.


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About Shree Mulay, MD
Shree Mulay, MD, is a nephrologist and co-owner of The Kidney Experts. He went to medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College and completed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Shree manages patients at several West Tennessee Healthcare Hospital locations and serves at numerous dialysis locations across the region. He also sees patients at four kidney care clinic locations. Funny, caring and always wanting to help, Shree is passionate about his practice and devotes much of his time to his patients.

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