11 Quinoa Salads That Might Save Your Life

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By F&W Editors Posted March 24, 2015

Quinoa isn’t just a trendy, delicious grain—it could also stave off death. According to a study from the Harvard Public School of Health, eating a bowl of quinoa (or another type of whole grain) every day will reduce your risk of dying early from things like cancer, diabetes or heart disease by 17 percent. Here, 11 delicious quinoa salads that could save your life and can definitely save your lunch.

Quinoa isn’t just a trendy, delicious grain—it could also stave off death. According to a study from the Harvard Public School of Health, eating a bowl of quinoa (or another type of whole grain) every day will reduce your risk of dying early from things like cancer, diabetes or heart disease by 17 percent. Here, 11 delicious quinoa salads that could save your life and can definitely save your lunch.

1. Pesto Quinoa Salad with Bell Pepper and Cucumbers 
This quick salad is made with store-bought pesto for a super-easy side dish.

2. Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apricots and Almonds 
Studded with sweet dried apricots and crunchy toasted almonds, this salad is the perfect compliment to roast chicken. It also makes a great stuffing for squash.

3. Quinoa Salad with Spring Vegetables 
For this lively, bright salad, Top Chef alum Carla Hall combines herb-scented red quinoa with radishes, green peas and lima beans.

4. Quinoa, Chickpea and Spinach Salad 
This healthy salad is easy to make and refreshing to eat.

5. Santa Fe Quinoa Salad 
The easy dressing for this grain salad is super-flavorful thanks to toasted cumin seeds.

6. Toasted Quinoa, Charred Onion and Brussels Sprout Salad 
Boiled quinoa and crunchy roasted quinoa come together in this amped-up salad.

7. Quinoa, Kale and Avocado Salad 
Loaded with healthy kale and creamy avocado, this recipe is both satisfying an full of flavor and texture.

8. Lemony Quinoa Salad with Shaved Vegetables 
Toss nutty quinoa with crunchy shaved vegetables for a bright salad loaded with vitamins and minerals.

9. Quinoa Salad with Sugar Snap Peas 
This crunchy salad is perfect for picnics.

10. Smoky Quinoa and Bacon Salad 
Smoky, crumbly bacon makes this salad the perfect accompaniment to barbecue or grilled dishes.

11. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Peppers and Tomatoes 
The quinoa in this tabbouleh-like salad is simmered in water and orange juice to give it a citrus hit.

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