A Healthy Salad from Land and Sea

Quinoa and Salmon Salad

Quinoa and Salmon Salad - Packed with protein and vegetables, it only takes 20 minutes to have this healthy, nutritious, gluten dish on the table!

  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15-18 minutes
  • Ready in: 20-23 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 4 oz. salmon


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions
  2. Cook salmon to your taste (may be served hot or cold)
  3. Place fresh spinach on plate
  4. Sprinkle with quinoa
  5. Add salmon to top of salad
  6. Top with mandarin oranges
  7. Add your dressing of choice, and serve


Let me share just a few tips to make this the best meal possible:

Rinse the quinoa before cooking. Rinsing quinoa removes it’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Even if the quinoa I buy is pre-rinsed, I always take a minute to give it an extra rinse. If you have a fine enough strainer, you can just run water over the quinoa until the water runs clear. I don’t have a fine enough strainer, so I just put the quinoa in a bowl, fill it with water, and stir the quinoa until the water is cloudy. Then I drain that water and start with a fresh batch. It usually takes 2 or three rinses before the water stays clear.

Recipe provided by Heather J. Wayco, director, Clinical Nutrition at Lee Health

Tags: recipe, quinoa, salmon, salad, heart healthy, gluten free