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Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette


Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Dressing on blog

Over here we love quinoa ~ in sweet & savory dishes. For breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between! Often I bake with it too. Quinoa is a versatile grain like seed (many folks often mistake this for a grain, it is not.) It’s delicate flavor pairs well with so many things.

In my last recipe post I shared our favorite Citrus Coconut Roasted Beets.

In this layered salad I make great use those roasted beets!

Citrus Roasted Beets on blog

Check out that bright pink beet vinaigrette…

Pretty huh!

Beet Vinaigrette on blog

Layered salads are so pretty and simple to make.

Serving food in jars is a sure way to get some great attention. Something about mason jars is just so cute!

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets on blog

I mixed half of the quinoa with my homemade beet vinaigrette and I left the other half plain. I like the way the layers look with the two colors.

You can do what you like…

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets on blog

Pack this salad up for a picnic, in your lunch box or serve as a side or main course at a BBQ. You can add some grilled chicken or meat to it for a heavier meal.

What is your favorite way to prepare quinoa? What would you add to this layered salad recipe?

Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: about 4 servings (4 ounces of dressing)

Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette


    Beet Vinaigrette
  • 1 Citrus Coconut Roasted Beet
  • 1 1/2 ounces Orange Juice, about 1 large orange
  • a few squeezes Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup Avocado Oil, Grapeseed or a nutty oil would taste great too
  • Quinoa Salad
  • 2 cups cooked Quinoa
  • a few Citrus Coconut Roasted Beets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • a few handfuls Baby Spinach leaves
  • a few ounces of your favorite toasted Nuts, we love Pecans and Walnuts
  • zest from one Orange
  • Optional
  • a little bit of cheese, Feta, Blue Cheese crumbles or small slices of Brie are tasty


    Beet Vinaigrette
  • Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until you have a dressing. You can make it smooth or leave a little chunky.
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Mix some of the cooked quinoa with the beet vinaigrette. Layer salad in jars with quinoa, beets, spinach, nuts and some cheese if desired. Top salad with some more dressing and orange zest.
  • Notes
  • Adjust the ingredients in the vinaigrette to suit your taste. For more tang, add more lemon juice. Want it sweeter? Add some stevia or honey.
  • Nut free? Not a problem, use sunflower seeds instead.
  • Vegan? This is the perfect salad for you! Just skip the optional cheese.

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58 Responses to Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

  1. Ditto everything Bridget said!
    You do make life BEAUTIFUL Marla!
    The food is such a reflection of YOU!
    This looks amaZing~you know I love quinoa!

  2. I love the colors, they’re so vibrant and poppy! My dad loves beets and he’d love this so much…maybe I’ll surprise him with this on Father’s Day [:

  3. Wow, very pretty! I just realized I haven’t had beets in a long, long time. I remember the first time I combined them with quinoa, I giggled at the color. Something about the quinoa and beets – the color is so magnificent. Combining with rice doesn’t give nearly the same effect. Great recipe!

    • Leanne, I agree – the quinoa soaks up the beet color perfectly. I think you also taste dressings more with the finer quinoa vs. rice.

  4. That is so pretty! I love how you layered all those beautiful, colorful layers in a jar! Brilliant!! Beets are the bomb!
    Quinoa is so delicious and has a delicate flavor. It compliments anything.
    Great idea and lovely presentation Marla!!

  5. Wow! What a beautiful site — am glad to have found you. What a beautiful visual greeting I had with all of the bright colors here. I absolutely love your mason jar idea. Thank you for the link too! ~ Monica

  6. I recently started eating quinoa in salads, and I absolutely love it! Thanks for this recipe, I will be trying it, and I absolutely love your blog, I go on your pinterest just for the photos… almost as good as eating it :)

    • Thanks so much Christina!! So glad you are having fun with my Pinterest boards ~ I have a BLAST over there. Hope you get to try this recipe soon :)

  7. This recipe looks delicious! One small thing though: your vinaigrette doesn’t have any vinegar, which is what would make it a vinaigrette… But nonetheless I can’t wait to try this. :)

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