Zesty Quinoa Salad Recipe with Mint

Memorial Day is coming up and while we can’t celebrate like we usually do with all our friends and family, why not celebrate virtually? Virtual Memorial Day still requires delicious summer food, so give my minty, zesty quinoa salad a try! Pair this quinoa dish with my spinach and feta turkey burgers and fresh watermelon for a yummy Memorial Day cookout – Mediterranean style!

large bowl of zesty quinoa salad garnished with mint leaves and a lemon and lime wedge

The Perfect Summer Quinoa Salad

One of my favorite summer flavor combinations is mint + citrus. They complement each other so well! The refreshing mint with the bright citrus flavors makes anybody’s taste buds jump for joy.

Do you have a favorite summer flavor combo? Let me know below! I can always use inspiration for future recipes!

In the summertime, I love easy and healthy salads that I can have already prepped to have throughout the week or take with me to gatherings. This minty, zesty quinoa salad recipe is perfect for either option. The quinoa salad doesn’t take long to put together, and it’s super simple to throw together. Plus, it’s packed with plant based protein!

close up of the zesty quinoa salad with chopped mint sprinkled on top

Vegan with Plant Based Protein

Quinoa is a great source of protein if you’re vegan or don’t eat much meat. Quinoa provides all the essential amino acids, which we need to get in our diet since our bodies can’t produce them. If you’re looking for a vegan salad with plant-based protein, this is it!

Zesty Quinoa Salad Recipe

Only a few steps and you got a delish quinoa salad! Start by cooking the quinoa. While the quinoa cooks, chop up your veggies and mint. I use one of the small .5 oz containers of fresh mint. Next, in a large serving bowl, add the cooked quinoa, drained beans and chopped veggies.

Time for adding the flavor! Zest the lemon and lime over the quinoa salad before juicing them. Add the oil, vinegar, mint and juice. Mix well and enjoy!

Zesty Quinoa Salad with Mint

Minty & Zesty Quinoa Salad is the perfect summer salad to bring to a cookout or have prepped for the week ahead. Refreshing mint leaves and bright citrus flavors, make this quinoa salad a delish side dish!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword mediterranean, mint, quinoa, salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 people
Author Monica Nedeff


  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cucumber quartered
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 pint of grape tomatoes sliced
  • 1 15 oz can drained garbanzo beans
  • .5 oz mint leaves chopped (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 large lemon for juice and zest (around 4 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 large lime or 2 small limes for juice and zest (around 2 tablespoons juice)


  • Bring 4 cups vegetable broth to a boil and cook 2 cups dry quinoa for 15-20 minutes. Once all the liquid is absorbed, the quinoa is done cooking. Set aside to cool.
  • Chop the cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, and red bell pepper.
  • In a large serving bowl, add the cooled quinoa, drained garbanzo beans and chopped vegetables.
  • Zest the lemon and lime over the bowl and pour the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, and chopped mint – mix well.

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