Favorite “Mom Lunch” Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Erin Collins
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: gluten-free, quinoa salad, quinoa, healthy lunch
  • Cuisine: gluten-free, quinoa salad, quinoa, healthy lunch


Favorite MOM LUNCH quinoa salad! The BEST quinoa salad for baby showers, parties, ladies lunches or anytime! Full of toasted pine nuts, sweet corn, tart cherries and all tossed with a creamy buttermilk basil dressing. 


For the quinoa:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt

For the buttermilk basil dressing:

  • 1/3 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 3 cups baby kale & spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups white corn


For the quinoa: Bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and a pinch of salt. Bring back to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook covered for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Allow to cool slightly.

For the dressing: Place the ingredients for the dressing in a blender. Blend until smooth then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the slightly cooled quinoa with the remaining salad ingredients. Pour over the dressing just before serving. Season to taste with salt and pepper (a pinch more salt is sometimes needed!). Enjoy!

Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.