Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing

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This quinoa salad might not look like much, but it’s deceptively flavorful! The simple combination of quinoa, blanched green beans, and grape tomatoes gets BIG flavor from a Tibetan herb dressing loaded with ginger, cilantro, garlic, and a hint of spice. Top it all off with a few slivered almonds and you have a lunch that you’ll look forward to all morning!

I’ve eaten this for lunch almost every day for the last two weeks and I’m still not tired of it. In fact, I’m completely head over heels in love with the dressing.

quinoa salad with herb dressing | Healthy. Delicious

The dressing is based on one that I had at this year’s Big Summer Potluck and I just. can’t. get. enough! I thought about it pretty much the entire 4 hour drive home, and made it myself very shortly after. It’s thick and pesto-like and incredibly pungent from tons of fresh ginger and garlic. It smells really strong when you first make it, but it mellows out a ton after a night in the fridge, so you don’t have to worry too much about having Godzilla breath if you eat this at your desk (although a mint afterward wouldn’t be the worst idea. Especially if you have afternoon meetings.)

quinoa salad with herb dressing | Healthy. Delicious

quinoa salad with herb dressing | Healthy. Delicious

Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing

I like to spend 15 minutes on Sunday night making a big batch of this quinoa salad to eat for lunch all week. I bring the extra dressing to work with me in a small mustard jar.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 197kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed very well
  • 1 cup French-style green beans trimmed
  • ¼ cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce like sambal oelek or sriracha
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds


  • Add the quinoa and 2 cups of water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook 10 minutes, or until done.
  • Fill a second pot with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 30 seconds, or until bright green. Drain.
  • Add the cilantro, ginger, garlic, and chili sauce to a food processor or blender. Process until it forms a thick, pesto-like puree. Stir in the lemon juice; thin with water.
  • Combine the warm quinoa, beans, and tomatoes in a large dish. Stir in half the dressing. Let cool completely.
  • Top with slivered almonds immediately before serving. Serve with additional dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 25mg1%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
By on August 18th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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34 thoughts on “Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing”

  1. What a beautiful salad! I’ve never eaten quinoa as a salad, just warm. But I think we’ve got to try this. The dressing sounds great!

  2. Your salad is true to your blog title, Lauren. Garlic and ginger are like Astaire & Rogers. (Great dancers from 1930s B & W movies.) And quinoa is a perfect 10 on any nutritionist’s score card. Thank you for sharing the secrets of this scrumptious salad =)

  3. I always have to laugh when I see quinoa salads, they were constantly being used as the cooking demo project when I was in school

  4. I was intrigued from the moment I read your recipe title, Lauren. Tibetan dressing! It sounds pungent and delicious and exactly the sort of thing I’d like. Pinning on my recipes to try board!


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