Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"When in doubt, wear red." -Bill Blass, Fashion Designer

The refrigerator light goes on...

After publishing a recipe for Green Quinoa Salad I received this email:

“Thank you for the recipe which I will try this week. It raises a question which puzzles me - if you won't be offended by my asking. It is that you almost always specify green bell peppers in your recipes when, to my palate, the red or orange ones taste so much better. Is the food value greater in the green peppers or is it just a matter of personal taste? The only time I use the green peppers is when I use them coarsely chopped together with red ones for, say, macaroni salad during the Christmas period.”

While there are a lot of recipes on this website that call for red bell peppers, this email inspired me to make this Red Quinoa Salad. It is completely different than its Green Quinoa Salad cousin, with a sweeter, spicier flavor that makes a great counterpoint to the herbaceous flavor of the green salad.

Some of you might have thought that this would be a salad using red quinoa and you could be right. There are hundreds of different varieties of quinoa, and a few of them are coming into the U.S. now. You can more easily find red or black quinoa and both would be great in this salad.


Red Quinoa Salad

Servings: 4 | Serving size: about 1 cup

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes (does not include chilling time)

This recipe can easily be multiplied. This recipe is best chilled overnight to really bring out the flavors. Keeps well, refrigerated, for 4-5 days.

Red Quinoa Salad recipe


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 shallots (finely minced)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (finely diced)
  • 12 grape or cherry tomatoes (sliced lengthwise into quarters)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Place the water in a medium sauce pan over high heat.

When the water boils, add the quinoa.

Reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally. The quinoa will take about 20 minutes to cook. When the water is gone the quinoa is done.

Place it in a large mixing bowl and refrigerate until cool.

When the quinoa is cool, add the shallot to the bowl with the red pepper, tomato, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, salt, and pepper.

Toss well and chill.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 cup

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 220 Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 8%
    Saturated Fat 1g 4%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 12%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin K 9mcg