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Salmon & Basil Quinoa Salad


Can you believe February is just about over?!  Wow. Wow. Wow.  What can I say, time really does fly by when you’re having fun!

So this will probably be my last Quinoa recipe of the month and I am hoping that you guys have at least given it a try by now.  I mean jeez, I’ve been eating this stuff all month and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet… that’s how good it is!  Not to mention, I haven’t even made a dent in the quinoa recipes I would like to try!

Anyhow, this was a total “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” lunch (did I get that saying right?). I had some cooked quinoa in the fridge and not much else. I didn’t have my old faithful rotisserie chicken or turkey… leftovers. It was just me and my end-of-the-week, bottom-of-the-drawer produce.

So I did what I always do when my creative kitchen juices are not flowin’… I went back to the basics… veggies, lean protein, slow carbs, and healthy fat.

This was the mental process behind this Salmon and Basil Quinoa Salad:

Veggie? Cucumber. Check.

Slow Carb? Quinoa. Check.

Lean protein and healthy fat? Salmon. Check. Check.

And let me just say, this was the first time I ever used canned Salmon. I must say, it was yummy! I wasn’t dissapointed.

I often find some of the best dishes come out of desperation. It forces you to step outside the box… try something you might not normally try. So next time you think you have nothing in the house to eat, try this little trick and see what you can come up with!!

Salmon & Basil Quinoa Salad

Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cooked Quinoa
  • 1-15oz. can wild salmon
  • ¼ fresh basil, sliced
  • Juice and zest of ½ a lemon
  • ½ cucumber, chopped up


Combine all ingredients in a bowl... that's it!!  Enjoy!

Calories: 259; Total Fat: 8.9g; Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 2mg; Sodium: 86mg; Carbohydrate: 26.1g; Dietary Fiber: 2.7g; Sugars: .6g; Protein: 20.2g

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7 comments on “Salmon & Basil Quinoa Salad

  1. This salad looks good. I am going to have to pick up some red quiona to try.

  2. Wow this looks really good! I will be doing a superfood of the week feature and have a few other dieticians on board with promoting their recipes and websites on my blog…let me know if you are interested! You have fabulous recipes that are exactly what I am trying to get people to eat.

    ~Dr. Nic

  3. Dani, I tried quinoa for the first time this week after chancing upon your video online. Your recipes are so easy, quick and delicious! Love your website.

  4. Evon – I’m so happy you found me!! I love that you tried and liked the Quinoa, it’s really good isn’t it?

  5. Hi Dani!
    This looks super easy to make. What size is the can 15oz? Do you have a favorite brand?

  6. Tracey – It is a 15oz can (I just adjusted the recipe!). As for a brand, I don’t have a favorite:). Hope you enjoy it!

  7. Hi Dani – my first taste of quinoa… BRILLIANT!
    My veggie was spinach and, as I didn’t have neither lemon nor basil, I used some horseraddish cream for taste – YAM. Already looking forward to trying out one of your other quinoa recipes…

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