DELICIOUS Curried Quinoa Salad with vegetables & Creamy Curry Dressing! Flavorful, healthy, 10 ingredients required! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #quinoa #curry #salad #recipe-53
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Curried Quinoa Salad

A savory quinoa and vegetable salad with green curry tahini dressing! Just 10 ingredients, fresh, healthy, and SO satisfying!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Salad, Side
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3 Days



  • 1 cup quinoa (well rinsed and drained)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 3/4 cups water


  • 4 Tbsp green curry paste (or store-bought, though fresh is best)
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch each salt and black pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive oil (optional // if avoiding oil, sub water)
  • Water (to thin)


  • 1 large red bell pepper (diced)
  • 3 whole radishes (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils (optional)
  • 4 stalks green onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp nut or seed of choice (e.g. hemp seeds or roasted cashews) (optional)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Add quinoa to a small saucepan and toast over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, being careful not to burn. Then add salt, curry powder, and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Set aside off heat, uncovered, to cool - at least 15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, prepare dressing by adding curry paste, tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and oil (optional) and whisk to combine. Then add water to thin until a pourable dressing is achieved.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, lemon for acidity, salt for saltiness, or curry paste for intense curry flavor.
  5. Add all ingredients (quinoa mostly cooled) to a mixing bowl and top with dressing. Then toss to combine and serve. Enjoy at room temperature or chill. Garnish with additional pomegranate, radish, green onion, or cilantro (optional).
  6. Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Dressing will keep for 5 days.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the dressing.
*Dressing adapted from my Curry Roasted Lentil Salad.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)