Quinoa salad with almond butter dressing

Quinoa salad with almond butter dressing | insimoneskitchen.com

Healthy quinoa salad with almond butter dressing by Deliciously Ella

I recently got a gift from friends. A gift of bags of quinoa (long story, but they bought a bit of an overdose in quinoa to sell at the market and needed to get rid of it) I got red quinoa, white and black. Now I don’t know about you but I love quinoa. It’s such a versatile little grain and perfect for adding to many, many different salads. So prepare for more (much more!) quinoa dishes coming up.

I know of the issue with quinoa in the world or at least what I heard about it but these days you can actually buy locally grown quinoa. For some reason it is doing really well here in the Netherlands and so you can now buy more sustainable quinoa. That’s a good development I think.

Quinoa salad with almond butter dressing | insimoneskitchen.com

This salad is from the new book by Deliciously Ella and is simple. Adding that absolutely fabulous almond butter dressing makes this a perfect lunch salad. But it is made in a heartbeat, is quite filling (again due to the dressing) and is one of my new favorites. I love Ella’s recipes. They are so full of taste and simple to make. Well at least the ones I have made so far.

Quinoa salad with almond butter dressing


  • 60 gram quinoa
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • handful of salad of your choice
  • 40 gr hazelnuts, roasted
  • 1/2 lemon


  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • pepper
  • salt


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions and add the juice of the lemon to the cooking water. Add a bit of salt too. Leave to cool.
  2. Chop the hazelnuts smaller. Cut the cucumber in small pieces
  3. Mix the ingredients for the dressing, add two tbsp of water and a bit of salt.
  4. Mix it all together, add a bit of salad and sprinkle with the dressing


Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer


  1. Hi Simone! Your photographs are lovely. The salad almost looks too beautiful to eat! I love quinoa, too. And the almond butter dressing sounds delicious.

  2. The dressing sounds amazing in this. Yes Quinoa is now being grown here too – and I appreciate the trend too as I enjoy the stuff. Lovely bright images!

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