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Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Ever since my girl gifted me a spiralizer, I haven’t been able to put it down. Having this handy tool adds that fun factor to cooking, and I love the texture of spaghetti-like vegetables in my dishes. For this cucumber quinoa salad, I created a spiralized cucumber rubbed down with olive oil and lemon juice. Enjoy with your favorite dressing for added flavor. Super simple, yet packed with flavor.

If you don’t have or like spinach, try kale, arugula, or other leafy greens for another take on the salad. Quinoa is a complete, plant-based protein meaning it contains all the essential amino acids and is also an excellent source of manganese and phosphorous.  

This salad is fun because you can also add any other vegetables you like! Try adding carrots for an extra crunch and some bonus nutrients. Let us know in the comments below what kinds of vegetables you’ve spiralized! Zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, any creative ideas?  As always, if you try this cucumber quinoa salad, drop a line below to let us know how it came out!

Cucumber Quinoa Salad
Total Time
5 mins
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa*
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
  1. Spiralize 2 cucumbers and place in a large bowl
  2. Add spinach, onions and scallions to the bowl
  3. Massage in olive oil and lemon juice

  4. Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa to the bowl
  5. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste
  6. Top with sliced avocado
  7. Drizzle your favorite dressing over the salad and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Follow package instructions for cooking quinoa
Optional: Top with toasted sesame seeds


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8 Comments on Cucumber Quinoa Salad

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    July 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm (5 years ago)

    I like your recipes..
    But I have to stay away from green vegetables. What can I substitute for spinach and kale..I love spinach, but have to really be very careful.

    • Wendy
      July 20, 2016 at 2:11 am (5 years ago)

      what about eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, beet greens, zucchini? look into other non-starchy veggies!

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    August 8, 2016 at 12:14 am (5 years ago)

    I made this for dinner and subbed baby romaine for spinach, and added shredded carrots, black olives, and a hard boiled egg. I also used trader joes goddess dressing because I didn’t have any tahini. DEEEEELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Wendy
      August 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm (5 years ago)

      you’re so welcome!!

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    August 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm (5 years ago)

    Does “tahini sauce” in this recipe indicate regular, plain tahini that you buy at a grocery store or is there another recipe for the sauce?


    • Wendy
      August 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm (5 years ago)

      just plain tahini sauce. I get mine at trader joes!

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    April 9, 2021 at 1:46 pm (1 month ago)

    Silly question, but is this recipe for 1 or 2 servings?

    • Wendy
      April 9, 2021 at 1:51 pm (1 month ago)

      hi! it’s for 2

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