Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

Marla Meridith

June 1, 2012



Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Dressing on MarlaMeridith.com 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 MarlaMeridith.com blog

 

Check out that bright pink beet vinaigrette…

Pretty huh!

 

Beet Vinaigrette on MarlaMeridith.com 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 MarlaMeridith.com 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 MarlaMeridith.com 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?

 

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  • tami
    Posted at 06:55h, 01 June

    this looks amazing. bookmarking to make! xo

  • bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted at 06:55h, 01 June

    That is the prettiest quinoa dish I’ve ever seen! LOVE that pink! You make life so beautiful, Marla!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:00h, 01 June

      Thanks Bridget!! Love sneaking that pink into everything!! Have a fab weekend my friend 🙂 xo

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:42h, 01 June

      Bridget …. U make life more beautiful with your stunning baked goodies!! xo

  • Lauren
    Posted at 07:05h, 01 June

    This is gorgeous! All the colors are amazing!

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 07:16h, 01 June

    Love beets in any form! This is beautiful and healthy!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 07:31h, 01 June

    Delicious! This salad must be so enjoyable.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 07:42h, 01 June

    What a stunning color

  • teresa
    Posted at 07:54h, 01 June

    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!
    xo

  • Rikki
    Posted at 07:58h, 01 June

    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 [:

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:41h, 01 June

      Nice Rikki! Such a healthy + thoughtful dish for Father’s Day 🙂

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    Posted at 08:01h, 01 June

    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!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:42h, 01 June

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

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  • Katrina
    Posted at 08:44h, 01 June

    This vinaigrette sounds so fabulous! Awesome idea!

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 09:31h, 01 June

    Wow. I am totally in love with these colors!

  • Valentina
    Posted at 09:41h, 01 June

    LOVE the popping bright colors, Marla! 🙂

  • Bev Weidner
    Posted at 09:48h, 01 June

    What a hoooooot looking thang!

  • Angie
    Posted at 09:54h, 01 June

    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!!

  • Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free
    Posted at 10:25h, 01 June

    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!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:40h, 01 June

      Alex, love the idea of the au natural beet painting – need to do that over here with my kids!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 11:42h, 01 June

    Wow, such pretty colors!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 14:06h, 01 June

    Roasted beets are nature’s candy. They are as close to candy as a veggie can get! And I ADORE them!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:39h, 01 June

      Averie, they sure are. Especially when you put maple syrup on them!

  • Donna
    Posted at 15:03h, 01 June

    This is so beautiful – and I love the jars!

  • The Healthy Apple
    Posted at 16:16h, 01 June

    LOVE this quinoa recipe, darling. This is perfect for my picnic tomorrow! Hope all is well with you; have a great weekend!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:39h, 01 June

      Amie, a picnic??!! How fabulous ~ this quinoa will be perfect for that. Have FUN!!

  • Megan's Cookin'
    Posted at 07:45h, 02 June

    I love it packed in the little jars. Perfect picnic food!

  • Katie {EpicureanMom.com}
    Posted at 21:19h, 02 June

    So bright and vibrant! Perfect for summer, Marla! Such a beautiful salad!

  • Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food
    Posted at 01:08h, 03 June

    Such pretty colors from the beets!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Posted at 05:17h, 03 June

    Wow..you are Queen of colors, Marla..what gorgeous pictures, I am in love with this salad!

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  • TidyMom
    Posted at 08:13h, 03 June

    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!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 10:07h, 03 June

    What a brilliantly colored layered salad – beets are so naturally beautiful aren’t they!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 13:26h, 03 June

    Cute presentation, this is the perfect portable meal.

  • Tammi Kibler | How Do You Cook Quinoa
    Posted at 13:37h, 03 June

    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.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:10h, 03 June

      Tammi, I could not agree more!! Quinoa is a keeper over here!

  • Esi
    Posted at 18:21h, 03 June

    Love that bright red vinaigrette.

  • Just 5 More Minutes
    Posted at 07:59h, 05 June

    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

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:45h, 05 June

      Hi Monica! Glad I could make your day more colorful. That is always a goal
      of mine on each and every post!

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  • susan
    Posted at 12:41h, 08 June

    these colors are intoxicating, Marla!

  • Amy Tong
    Posted at 00:17h, 09 June

    Your recipes always amazes me. This this such a must try recipe. Gotta love that vibrant color and delicious flavor. 😉

  • Christina
    Posted at 20:53h, 30 August

    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 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 21:28h, 30 August

      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 🙂

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    Posted at 14:29h, 31 January

    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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  • Pamela Farmer
    Posted at 06:30h, 16 January

    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,
    Pamela

  • Pamela Farmer
    Posted at 06:33h, 16 January

    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.

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