Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

by Marla on June 1, 2012 · 58 comments

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Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Dressing on Family Fresh Cooking 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 Family Fresh Cooking blog

Check out that bright pink beet vinaigrette…

Pretty huh!

Beet Vinaigrette on Family Fresh Cooking 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 Family Fresh Cooking 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 Family Fresh Cooking 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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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tami June 1, 2012 at 6:55 am

this looks amazing. bookmarking to make! xo


2 bridget {bake at 350} June 1, 2012 at 6:55 am

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


3 Marla June 1, 2012 at 7:00 am

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


4 Marla June 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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


5 Lauren June 1, 2012 at 7:05 am

This is gorgeous! All the colors are amazing!


6 HeatherChristo June 1, 2012 at 7:16 am

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


7 Rosa June 1, 2012 at 7:31 am

Delicious! This salad must be so enjoyable.




8 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

What a stunning color


9 teresa June 1, 2012 at 7:54 am

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!


10 Rikki June 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

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 [:


11 Marla June 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

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


12 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 1, 2012 at 8:01 am

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!


13 Marla June 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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


14 Katrina June 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

This vinaigrette sounds so fabulous! Awesome idea!


15 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

Wow. I am totally in love with these colors!


16 Valentina June 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

LOVE the popping bright colors, Marla! :-)


17 Bev Weidner June 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

What a hoooooot looking thang!


18 Angie June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

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!!


19 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free June 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

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!


20 Marla June 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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


21 Stephanie June 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

Wow, such pretty colors!


22 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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


23 Marla June 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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


24 Donna June 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

This is so beautiful – and I love the jars!


25 The Healthy Apple June 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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


26 Marla June 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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


27 Megan's Cookin' June 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

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


28 Katie {} June 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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


29 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food June 3, 2012 at 1:08 am

Such pretty colors from the beets!


30 Sanjeeta kk June 3, 2012 at 5:17 am are Queen of colors, Marla..what gorgeous pictures, I am in love with this salad!


31 TidyMom June 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

WOW look at all that color!!

Thanks for linking up Marla! I featured your post in my wrap up! Have a great rest of the weekend!


32 Jeanette June 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

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


33 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Cute presentation, this is the perfect portable meal.


34 Tammi Kibler | How Do You Cook Quinoa June 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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.


35 Marla June 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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


36 Esi June 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Love that bright red vinaigrette.


37 Just 5 More Minutes June 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

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


38 Marla June 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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


39 susan June 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

these colors are intoxicating, Marla!


40 Amy Tong June 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

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


41 Christina August 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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 :)


42 Marla August 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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 :)


43 Jonathan January 31, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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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