May 24, 2012

Quinoa and beet salad with hazelnuts

A few months back I made a salad with arugula, beets, oranges, avocados and hazelnuts. The combination of beets and hazelnuts was so delicious that I decided to create a quinoa salad using some of the same flavors. The result is a salad that’s as delicious as it is pretty.

And let’s not forget, this is a dish you can feel great about eating, because:

  • Beets contain powerful phytonutrients called belatains.
  • Hazelnuts serve up protein, vitamin E and “good fats”.
  • Quinoa provides a complete protein, and is a good source of magnesium.

Now, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you might be wondering if I’m a little obsessed with beet salads. And nuts. And quinoa. The answer is yes…yes….and yes.  You got a problem with that?

Quinoa and Beet Salad with Hazelnuts and Mint

1 cup quinoa
1 ½ cups water
¾ cup diced roasted beets
1/3 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts (or substitute pistachios or almonds)
¼ cup sliced scallions
¼ cup minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt

Place the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes, until you see the rings separate from the kernels of quinoa and it’s tender-crunchy.  Set aside and cool.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Eat.

Serves 4


See more recipes: Gluten-free, Salads, Vegan


  • Catherine

    Perfect for a bar-b-que weekend. Nice and refreshing. I’m a type 2 diabetic so I’ve been substituting freekeh for other grains since it has a low-GI. I’m going to give this a try.

  • Ef

    Lovely color on that salad. Makes me feel like summer grilling season is really here, crappy weather or no.

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Why thank you, Ef. And as three people have asked me, no I didn’t post that from Italy today! It was pre-scheduled :)

  • Awesome that you just posted this! I have a very similar salad I am posting soon + I will be sure to link back to your recipe :)

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  • Thanks for a great blog, i visit it alot! (: I have just started up my own healthy food blog, maybe you would take a look? Thanks!

  • I have a recipe with quinoa and beets from the LA Times on my blog. You’ve included all my favorite ingredients here. Am also obsessed with beets!

  • Annie

    Yum yum yum. We brought this to a friends for dinner and it was a hit! I love the color, flavor, texture…just wonderful.

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