Summery Quinoa Salad with Cashew Dressing

Here in Switzerland the weather is getting warmer and it’s starting to feel more and more like summer is around the corner. My boyfriend and I have increasingly been having our lunch and even dinner on the balcony, which is making us enjoy our apartment on another level. One of my go-to dishes for an easy yet varied lunch is a bountiful quinoa salad.

This light salad is such a great dish to throw together with leftover quinoa. I recommend batch cooking some quinoa the night before. Once it’s waiting for you in the fridge you can add some fresh ingredients, whip up a dressing and serve it up in no time. Especially great for if you’re working at home and want something that feels like a lot of effort has gone into it, but actually lets you maximize your lunch break. We’ve been going for sunny walks outside, which is a great way to clear the head.

Feel free to deviate from the recipe ans use whatever fresh veggies and herbs you have at hand. The recipe is mainly about the dressing, which you can use for countless creative combos.

Summery Quinoa Salad with Cashew Dressing

Makes: ca. 4 servings (dressing)

Ingredients: Dressing

  • 2 tbsp cashew butter (variation: tahini also works well)
  • 2 tbsp mylk (I used plain rice mylk)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 0.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse-grained or strong mustard (I’ve also used a jalapeรฑo mustard with this)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients: Salad

  • leftover quinoa (cooked in salted water)
  • fresh lettuce, chopped; ca. 1 handful per person
  • fresh arugula or spinach; ca. 1 handful per person
  • grated carrot; ca. 1/2 medium carrot per person
  • chopped cucumber
  • smoked tofu (cubed) and/or chickpeas or lentils
  • nuts & seeds (e.g. chopped walnuts, roasted hazelnuts, slivered almonds; sunflower, hemp or ground flaxseeds)
  • dried fruit (e.g. raisins or cranberries) or fresh fruit (e.g. sliced orange or grapefruit)


  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or cup, whisking with a spoon until it’s all smooth. Should you want it to be runnier, just add a little bit of liquid (mylk or water) at a time.
  2. Mix the leftover, cold, quinoa together with the washed and chopped greens as well as the vegetables you’re using. You can include the chopped nuts, seeds and dried fruit at this stage or use only as a topping. Stir the dressing through and drizzle some extra on top, adding any desired toppings.


Feel free to tag @blueberrysmiles22 if you share your creations on Instagram, so I can share in the joy ๐Ÿ™‚

5 thoughts on “Summery Quinoa Salad with Cashew Dressing

  1. Hey Celine. Looks super and only tried quinoa once and I need to try is again soon. The last time I had it was so dry but yours above looks so vibrant like a rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ. I prefer cous Cous but I need to try quinoa for sure!
    Love raisins, veggies and herbs. I could see a side of pitta bread to put quinoa inside
    Splendid photography as always and hope you/your boyfriend are good in Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ? I so miss Switzerland and travelling! Hope to see you at a food lifestyle event soon in London. It would be so great to meet or if I come to Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ.
    Best Wishes Sophs and lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ itโ€™s me from Instagram. Your blog is amazing and I have started my own food lifestyle page on the gram and a blog as well. I am friends with Amy l.

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    1. Thank you Sophie, your support is very much appreciated. I hope you enjoy quinoa if you try it again but otherwise you could easily make this recipe using couscous instead – whatever works for you! All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

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