Vegetable Quinoa Salad

This time of year we tend to cook a lot of soups and stews but one dish I really like to include as well are salads. My girls can be a little fussy when it comes to keeping up with the 5 a day so I am always looking for different ways to keep them interested and make our meals a little more tasty and with this bright colourful salad packed full of vegetables I was surprised just how much they loved this dish. 

What I like about this salad is that you can make it really quickly when you are pushed for time during the week, and you can vary the vegetables you use to suit your favourites. If you prefer to use raw beetroot instead of cooked it’s just as nice and I have used courgette and fennel chopped very finely as well which is a nice change. 

Vegetable Quinoa Salad

I could eat salad every day I love it so much and I really would like my daughters to feel the same, my teen is very picky with vegetables particularly so I was thrilled to bits when she said she really enjoyed this salad. I waited to let her know the ingredients until after she had finished eating and she wasn’t fazed at all when I told her it contained her least favourite two vegetables – beetroot and broccoli ! 

That’s what I love about playing around with different recipes, you may just find a dish that’s right for you even if you thought you would never eat a specific element of the recipe. A real winner with my family this weekend and I’m so glad to have tried it out, lovely with some crusty bread and a light vinaigrette. 

Making this salad gave me the perfect opportunity to try out two kitchen gadgets from IWOOT (short for I Want One Of Those) the vegetable peeler and sharpener in one and the cucumber spiral slicer, you can find these handy gadgets and more from IWOOT on their website just follow this link. I love a gadget and it’s amazing how much more interesting it makes meal times for children when the food looks fun! We had a really fun lunchtime just playing with different shapes and vegetables to make with the two gadgets, and I think they are a really fun idea for something a little different. 

Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Vegetable Quinoa Salad


  • 1 Cup red & white quinoa
  • 1/2 cup edamame beans
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 beetroot, cooked and cooled
  • 1/4 head of broccoli
  • 1 can cannelloni beans
  • Finely chopped flat leaf parsley 
  • Lime wedges
  • Vinaigrette – olive oil & balsamic vinegar 


  • First take the beetroot, broccoli and one carrot and place into a food processor and blitz until a fine texture, add to a large salad bowl.
  • Add the cannelloni beans, edamame beans, parsley and season and stir the mixture.
  • Shred one carrot finely and add to the salad, with the other carrot I made the ‘roses’ to add to the top of the salad with the sharpener tool from IWOOT and the spiral design for the cucumber with the spiral slicer from IWOOT. Arrange the cucumber spirals next to the carrot ‘roses’.
  • Serve with the vinaigrette and some crusty bread.

*The Kitchen Gadgets from IWOOT were sent to me to use in a recipe, however all opinions and thoughts remain my own*

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  1. October 27, 2015 / 3:12 am

    Beautifully presented and looks delicious.

  2. LTabstar
    October 28, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    WOW!!! Just wow!!

  3. November 6, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    This sounds lovely! I adore salads and eat them all year round!

  4. November 6, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    I don't think my family would like this recipe but the tools that you used would def come in handy! x

  5. November 6, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    This looks lovely. I don't eat as much quinoa as I should.

  6. November 6, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    I keep meaning to try more things with quinoa, this looks dellicious.

  7. November 6, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    I've been dieting sine June & am running out of things to make that i'm not getting bored with. This sounds great, so thank-you.

  8. November 7, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Looks great, love the gadgets.

  9. November 7, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    looks lovely and fresh!

  10. Max Power
    November 7, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Looks like a nice recipe.

  11. November 7, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    love this!! I will definitely be trying this 🙂

  12. November 8, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    I'm a vegetarian and this looks so tempting x

  13. November 8, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    Not sure about the food but the gadgets look fab

  14. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    November 8, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    looks and sounds delicious !!!

  15. November 9, 2015 / 12:13 am

    Oh my word, this looks amazing! I'd happily give up my meat in favour of this! Gonna try it! Thanks!

  16. November 9, 2015 / 11:18 am

    that looks really tasty – had not come across those vegetable tools either. thanks!

  17. Anonymous
    November 9, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Great to see a recipe with vegetables. As they are so tasty, delicious and nutritious. Whilst presentation is nice :- colourful.

    Rachel Craig

  18. November 9, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Would love to try this and I am ashamed to admit that I have only today learnt how to pronounce Quinoa!

  19. Sharon sheppard
    November 10, 2015 / 7:43 am

    Looks yummy will have to gives this a try x

  20. November 10, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Looks lovely and very tasty

  21. November 14, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    I love the cucumber spirals and carrot 'roses'.

  22. November 16, 2015 / 10:55 am

    Yum – i lvoe quinoa


  23. Alona
    November 16, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Oh wow this is stunning and very healthy!

  24. November 17, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    This is my kind of salad but I've become so lazy lately with preparing vegetables but I'm going to make the effort and try a version of this tomorrow, maybe with roast pumpkin.

  25. November 18, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    I didn't know vegetables could look so appetising – the colour combination is amazing

  26. November 20, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Love this recipe -always looking to try new things with lots of flavour

  27. November 21, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    This sounds delicious and so healthy! I think I'll try making some tomorrow for packed lunches!

  28. November 23, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Looks almost too pretty to eat!

  29. November 25, 2015 / 10:11 am

    A beautiful looking dish.

  30. November 25, 2015 / 10:17 am

    love the colours, not my kind of thing, but the shapes have made it appealing.

  31. November 26, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    these look lovely quinoa is something i have never tried x

  32. Anonymous
    November 27, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Margaret Clarkson
    This looks lovely and just the kind of thing my daughter would like.

  33. November 28, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Looks delicious, I have never tried quinoa but I will.

  34. November 29, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    this looks delicious! love the decorations made out of veggies, definitely makes it look yummy 🙂

  35. lynn r
    November 29, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Not the sort of thing I'd usually go for but you have made it look so appetising.

  36. November 30, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    This looks so good. Although I hate beetroot. but despite that this looks gooooood!

  37. November 30, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    It looks beautiful, although I've never tried quinoa

  38. December 2, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Delicious, I've got to make this. Thank you for sharing x

  39. December 2, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    this sounds really good i recently tried quinoa when i was holiday and i was surprised by how nice it was

  40. Tracy B
    December 3, 2015 / 8:50 am

    YUMMY! We are really into Quinoa at the moment.

  41. December 3, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Wow! This sounds super healthy.

  42. February 24, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Just looking through recipes for healthy treats this sounds great and easy to make thankyou love quinoa

  43. February 25, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Must try quinoa after seeing these pictures.

  44. kim styles
    March 5, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    The carrot flowers look stunning

  45. April 4, 2016 / 5:16 am

    I like the little gadgets. I must get them.

  46. April 17, 2016 / 6:58 am

    This looks lovely.

  47. June 27, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    looks delish, nice to see a recipe with edamame, they are so tasty and healthy, i like to use gadgets too to make salads more interesting, it really makes a difference.