Quinoa Salad With Tuna

Quinoa salads are probably the easiest way to enjoy quinoa. You prepare the quinoa in the normal way. Take one cup of quinoa and bring it to the boil in 2 cups of water. Simmer the quinoa for 12 – 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Then let it cool for an hour.

While you are waiting for the quinoa to cool you can turn your mind to the other ingredients you are going to add to your salad. This quinoa recipe uses tuna but you could use any fish that you have in your kitchen. Salmon chunks or sardines are great options for this salad.


1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups boiling water (See above instructions to prepare the quinoa)

3 Tomatoes cubed

Half a cucumber cubed

1 red pepper diced

1 green pepper diced

2 Handfuls of Salad leaves or Lettuce

1 can Tuna in chunks

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 Handful Chopped Parsley

Salt and Pepper to taste


Prepare the quinoa using the method shown above. Cool it and then fluff it up ready to add the other ingredients. Add the Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Parsley and Tuna. Mix together well. Sprinkle the Olive Oil and the Lemon Juice and mix it together once more.

If you wish you can add salt and pepper to taste but you do not really need it with all the flavours of the Tuna mixing with the salad ingredients.

Serve on a bed of salad leaves.


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My name is Ken and I am the author of The Quinoa Cookbook. My book is the top selling book worldwide on how to cook quinoa and has over 70 quinoa recipes included.
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3 Responses to Quinoa Salad With Tuna

  1. Pema says:

    I have been cooking organic quinoa in 1- 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup quinoa. When I used 2 cups of water it was mushy. Why are your instructions to use 2 cups of water?

  2. Barbara Temple says:

    I read someplace (which I now can’t find) that you can pop quinoa as if where corn.
    Is this true ? If so, how ?

    Thanks for any help.

  3. Ken says:

    You can quite easily. I just put some oil into a pan. Heat it up and throw in the quinoa. It should start popping quite quickly. They still tiny even when popped

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