Quinoa Detox Crunch Salad

This is how I love to eat. Flamboyantly colourful food with convincing flavours and lively personality. Whether you choose to serve this quinoa detox crunch bowl alongside grilled kebabs hot off the coals, or as part of a vegetarian main, good salads are  summer essentials. Proof that healthy and delicious coexist. The success of whole bowl food hinges around gutsy flavours and interesting combinations. This recipe will not disappoint.

Quinoa Detox Crunch Salad

Some of the best recipes begin with what we have in the fridge and pantry cupboard. For the salad I’ve used quinoa and bulgur wheat. You can use whichever grains you have on hand, though. Wild rice, brown basmati, even barley or couscous will do. It’s about having something starchy to absorb the dressing and giving the salad substance. As far as nuts and seeds go, once again, use what you have or prefer.

A couple of things to bear in mind when making grain bowls:

  • Ensure the grains are properly air-dried before combining with other ingredients
  • Lemon and orange zest add intense citrusy flavour without bitter acidity, so include both in the dressing
  • A squidge of honey balances the salt and subdues acidity
  • Always toast nuts and seeds for flavour. Add these to the salad just before serving


Quinoa Detox Crunch Salad


Quinoa Detox Crunch Bowl

Serves 8-10

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 2 large carrots, scrubbed and grated
  • 1 of each, red and yellow sweet peppers, deseeded and diced
  • generous handful baby spinach leaves and rocket, roughly chopped
  • a handful flat leaf parsley and mint, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • 400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pecan nuts, toasted
  • 100g feta, crumbled
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • zest of 1 orange plus juice of half (about 45ml)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) honey
  • sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the quinoa as per the manufacturers instructions. Do the same for the bulgur wheat.
  2. Place the cooled quinoa and bulgur wheat in a large mixing bowl. Add all the remaining salad ingredients and toss lightly together.
  3. For the dressing, place all the ingredients in a jam jar and shake to combine.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Transfer to serving plate and scatter with extra pecans just before serving.


More textural grain bowls we love:

Tabbouleh Bulgur Wheat Salad

Wild rice salad with sweet peppers









4 Comments. Leave new

  • This looks delicious, Di. Fresh and healthy too.

  • Thank you! It’s a regular at our table. Always fresh, healthy and delicious. I hope you like it too.

  • Love your salad, however mine was rather bland. I rinsed, drained the grains & left them to dry. I suspect that I did not leave them enough time to dry?
    I want to make this salad again, please advise. Thanks!

  • Hi Anna. The dressing is quite punchy with generous citrus and lemon for acidity. The only place where error can creep in is with the quinoa and bulgur wheat. For the bulgur, I cover the grains by about 2-3mm and leave to rehydrate until completely absorbed, even dry. With the quinoa, I don’t rinse after cooking as this tends to wet the grains, adding more moisture. I cook all the water off, remove the lid and cover with a clean, dry dish towel. I then place the saucepan back on the stove, turned off, and leave the grains to dry completely. I hope this helps. Do let me know. I’ve made this salad over and over. Always a winner. PS – Chickpeas to be well drained too.

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