This easy and delicious quinoa salad with sausages is perfect for an autumn salad and can be on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Quinoa salad with sausages

Quinoa salad with sausages

I have this thing for a good quinoa salad. I’m not sure what it is exactly but probably because it is such a versatile ingredient. It’s quick to prepare and pairs well with so many different vegetables. I love eating it with beetroot such as in this quinoa salad with feta and beetroot but this is an entirely different version.

The recipe is originally from Donna Hay, as I love most of her recipes. They’re delicious, colorful and easy to prepare. This quinoa salad uses sausages and while I generally find I tend to eat my quinoa salad in the vegetarian variety this really is delicious.

quinoa salad with sausages

With beef sausages

While you can definitely use any kind of sausage you like, I went with Italian style beef sausages. I like the seasoning on them and they’re pretty good in this salad. The salad itself has somewhat mediterranean vibes so those Italian sausages work totally fine for me. If you want to make this a vegetarian quinoa salad you can totally do that.

Simply leave out the sausages or replace with a vegetarian version of that. In addition to the sausages the salad is filled with lots of delicious things; crunchy cashew nuts, sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, apple, radish, dried apricots and white beans. So quite a filling salad as well.

quinoa salad with sausages


The dressing is based on olive oil, but if you’re more of a mayonnaise lover, you can substitute the olive oil for the mayo and make the dressing a bit creamier. You can also add additional things to the dressing such as a bit of grated ginger or garlic powder or fresh garlic.

Due to the dijon mustard the dressing is fairly spicy. If you don’t like spicy you can replace it for a milder mustard without any problems. The honey does take the edge of a bit but still spicy enough.

The quinoa salad with sausages also keeps really well in the fridge so perfect for lunch the next day. You can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Quinoa salad with sausages

Quinoa salad with sausages

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Super easy to make quinoa salad with sausages, radishes, tomatoes and much more!
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Prep time 15 minutes
Total time 15 minutes

2 people


  • 125 gr red quinoa
  • 100 g cherry tomatoes mixed
  • 40 g cashew nuts unsalted, chopped
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 200 gr beef sausages
  • 4 pcs dried apricots cut smaller
  • 3-4 sundried tomatoes in oil, in pieces
  • 150 g canellini beans rinsed and drained
  • pepper
  • salt
  • few radishes in slices
  • fresh thyme a few twigs, leaves only


  • 75 ml olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • bit of honey

  • Cook the quinoa according to package instructions with two stock cubes (making sure you have at least 1 ltr of water) and leave to cool.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in quarters or halves (depending on size) and cut and prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Put everything together in a large bowl and shake it up
  • Prepare the dressing by mixing the ingedients together and stir this well until it becomes one.
  • Because of the dijon mustard it is a spicy dressing so if you don’t like that use a milder mustard
  • Add some of the dressing to the salad and serve

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 1092kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 75g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 43g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 2021mg | Potassium: 1119mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 8mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist