Quinoa Salad

There is an awesome quinoa salad with lentils at Costco that you can get for $10. It is absolutely delicious and worth every penny but it always has sand in it due to the fact that they don’t wash the parsley enough. *shakes fist*

In an attempt to right this wrong I am trying to replicate the recipe at home where I can insure the parsley is sans dirt. The recipe below is very good but is missing something I can’t quite put my finger on. I might have to go on a mission to Costco soon so I can memorize the ingredient label on the quinoa salad container.

Quinoa Salad

1 cup red quinoa

2 cups water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp salt

1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

4 small or 1 large cucumber, cubed

4 green onions, chopped

1 large bunch parsley, chopped

1 lemon, juiced

2 tbsp olive oil

S & P to taste

Bring water to boil in a pot. Add the quinoa, oil and salt. Stir gently and reduce heat to low. Cook at a low heat, uncovered for 20-25 min. Once the quinoa is as tender as you like, drain well and set aside. Combine the cooked quinoa and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well and refrigerate.

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15 Responses to “Quinoa Salad”

  • Kathryn Says:

    Hi, I love the Costco Quinoa salad and found your recipe in search of a cheaper make at home alternative. The Costco salad have bulghur wheat, lentils and mung beans.

  • Jenny Says:

    Yes I made this salad and it’s very delicious if you add mung beans!

  • Tab Says:

    I too found the Costco quinoa salad delicious, and cut out the ingredients list from the label. Here it is- Cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, red bell peppers, mung beans, white quinoa, bulgur wheat, red lentil, parsley, soybean oil, cilantro, salt, lemon juice conc., vinegar, water, and spices. I however don’t have the proportions. Before I experiment, I will try Costco for the recipe.

  • Linda Says:

    Where can you buy red quinoa? I bought quinoa from TruRoots that Costco carries and attempted to duplicate their quinoa salad, but didn’t quite turn out exactly.

  • Kristen Says:

    This is an awesome salad. Would be good with the quinoa, lentils, mung beans, etc sprouted!!

  • Jen Says:

    I LOVE this salad!!! I hope they keep it around forever. This link, has a picture of the salad along with it’s ingredients. I’ve been trying to find the recipe myself.


  • Shirley C Says:

    I love this salad also and believe I found the recipe. Go to http://www.villageharvestrice.com/2012/01/garden-quinoa-lentil-salad Although this recipe does not specify red or white quinoa, it has all the other ingredients of the Costco salad. I used regular quinoa. The time to prepare (10 minutes) is misleading unless you have all the grains prepared ahead of time. Because they list the cooked amount of grains, it is up to the individual to quess the amount to cook prior to assembling. Because I knew the grains would expand, I used about half the amount listed and let them cook just until tender. The recipe is pretty forgiving. My prepared amounts were approximate and I added extra vegetables. It turned out great. Cooking the grains and preparing the salad takes a while. Buying it next time seems like a better option all the time…..especially when you are rushed for time.

  • Irene Says:

    I love the Quinoa salad from Costco. Does anyone have the exact receipt. And who makes it for Costco.

  • Patti Says:

    I have tried to make this salad and bought the roots quinoa and roots sprouted beans. I think I got close but over cooked the wheat. I would also like a recipe if anyone can get their hands on one. If any of you have friends that work at Costco please pick their brains.

  • John Says:

    The magic ingredient is cumin which gives it that wonderful earthy smokey flavour. I’m trying to reproduce it myself.

  • Heather M Says:

    Yes, Mung beans and red lentils are also in this. It is in a vinegrette, so good.

  • Laura Says:

    The Costco version has vinegar. I think that would make all the difference. Thanks for posting this.

  • Rosemary Says:

    Here are the ingredients of the quinoa salad from Costco by order on label. My kids love it. I just bought another today and wrote down the ingredients to try to find a similar recipe online and stumbled on your blog. Hope you can figure out the measurements for these ingredients because I’m not a cook. Good luck. I’ll be back to see if you’ve found the right mix.
    • Guinoa
    • Mung beans
    • Cucumbers
    • Burghul
    • Tomatoes
    • Olive oil
    • Bell peppers
    • Parsley
    • Lentils
    • Lemon juice
    • Salt
    • Vinegar
    • Chives
    • Water
    • Sugar
    • spices

  • Rosemary Says:

    Me again, it looks like you’re missing the mung beans, lentils, burghul, bell peppers, vinegar, chives. I changed the vegetable oil to olive oil because that’s what we use at home. If you can figure out the measurements with these ingredients that would be absolutely amazing. The salad is delicious and nutritious. Thanks for your effort and good luck.

  • Rosemary Says:

    @Shirley C. Thank you for the link. The recipe looks like it has most ingredients. I’m going to give it a try even though I can’t cook for anything. I’ll check back her in a bit to see if anyone else has mastered the proportions of ingredients to match Costco’s salad. Thanks to all. I should have read the comments before I posted mine.

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