A healthy recipe for quinoa salad on the Vegetarian Times website combines cooked quinoa with toasted pine nuts, diced cucumber, diced tomatoes, chopped red onions and chopped parsley, then tosses everything together with a zesty lemon juice and olive oil dressing. This is a vegan and gluten-free recipe.
The recipe for quinoa salad with corn and mint on MyRecipes.com mixes cooked quinoa with corn kernels, chopped green onions and chopped fresh mint. A combination of lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper dresses the salad.
The recipe for quinoa salad with sugar snap peas on the Food & Wine magazine website calls for the cook to add chopped cooked sugar snap peas, salted roasted pumpkin seeds and minced chives to cooked quinoa. He makes a salad dressing with olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper and tosses this through the salad, adding salt and pepper to taste.
A typical method of cooking quinoa involves washing the quinoa seeds and simmering them in a covered saucepan until they are tender. The cook may then proceed to cool the cooked quinoa by fluffing or spreading the seeds and then giving them some time to come to room temperature. Alternatively, a quicker cooling method involves rinsing the seeds under cold running water and draining them.