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!
Check out that bright pink beet vinaigrette…
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!
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…
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?
Quinoa Salad Recipe Links
- BLT-A Quinoa Salad MarlaMeridith.com
- Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa
- Quinoa Apple Salad Heather Likes Food
- Quinoa Beet Salad with Hazelnuts What Would Kathy Eat
- Quinoa Fruit Salad A Full Measure of Happiness
- Quinoa and Radish Salad Just 5 More Minutes
- Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Closet Cooking
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60 thoughts on “Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette”
this looks amazing. bookmarking to make! xo
That is the prettiest quinoa dish I’ve ever seen! LOVE that pink! You make life so beautiful, Marla!
Thanks Bridget!! Love sneaking that pink into everything!! Have a fab weekend my friend 🙂 xo
Bridget …. U make life more beautiful with your stunning baked goodies!! xo
This is gorgeous! All the colors are amazing!
Love beets in any form! This is beautiful and healthy!
Delicious! This salad must be so enjoyable.
What a stunning color
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!
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 [:
Nice Rikki! Such a healthy + thoughtful dish for Father’s Day 🙂
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.
This vinaigrette sounds so fabulous! Awesome idea!
Wow. I am totally in love with these colors!
LOVE the popping bright colors, Marla! 🙂
What a hoooooot looking thang!
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!!
Gorgeous! Beets have such great color. I remember in Elementary school I did a school project on paint, and made a painting with beet juice for red!
Alex, love the idea of the au natural beet painting – need to do that over here with my kids!
Wow, such pretty colors!
Roasted beets are nature’s candy. They are as close to candy as a veggie can get! And I ADORE them!!
Averie, they sure are. Especially when you put maple syrup on them!
This is so beautiful – and I love the jars!
LOVE this quinoa recipe, darling. This is perfect for my picnic tomorrow! Hope all is well with you; have a great weekend!
Amie, a picnic??!! How fabulous ~ this quinoa will be perfect for that. Have FUN!!
I love it packed in the little jars. Perfect picnic food!
So bright and vibrant! Perfect for summer, Marla! Such a beautiful salad!
Such pretty colors from the beets!
Wow..you are Queen of colors, Marla..what gorgeous pictures, I am in love with this salad!
WOW look at all that color!!
Thanks for linking up Marla! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/12-summer-recipes-wallpapers/ Have a great rest of the weekend!
What a brilliantly colored layered salad – beets are so naturally beautiful aren’t they!
Cute presentation, this is the perfect portable meal.
I love the color of beets on quinoa. I believe the external structure of quinoa offers a better tongue texture for salads than rice does. I have been looking for new dressing ideas for my quinoa salads, and I will probably try something like this very soon.
Tammi, I could not agree more!! Quinoa is a keeper over here!
Love that bright red vinaigrette.
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
Hi Monica! Glad I could make your day more colorful. That is always a goal
of mine on each and every post!
these colors are intoxicating, Marla!
Your recipes always amazes me. This this such a must try recipe. Gotta love that vibrant color and delicious flavor. 😉
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 🙂
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. 🙂
I love your receipes, would love to be on your mailing list for new receipes. Beet as quinoa is an excellent source of protein. I love your mason jar idea. I own 17 acres and raise nubien goats. I wish that you would hve a goat cheese receipe in some of your ideas. Love this sight.I would live to be able to find the pint jars to order,1/2 pt that are fat not the regular ones.
Thank you sincerely,
I do attend a vegan cooking class but I’m not vegan. I am very much into healthy eating due to two automobile accidents that I’ve been over a peroid of time. The last one unfortunately ended my career.