California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods Copycat Recipe)

Caribbean Quinoa


I love one-dish meals, especially when they are super flavorful. So when I picked up this quinoa salad at Whole Foods a while back, I instantly knew it was a recipe I wanted to recreate over and over again–and I have. Thankfully, Whole Foods is pretty transparent on their food labels, so all I needed to do was buy the ingredients and make a batch. Not only does this recipe have a variety of colorful vegetables, but it also has fruit too: mango and raisins. I love fruit mixed into entrees (yes, I have a bit of a sweet tooth). The dish is topped with a light balsamic-lime-coconut dressing, and while balsamic and mango may sound like an odd combo, I promise it’s a perfect match.


I bumped up the veggie to quinoa ratio quite a bit from the original recipe–veggies do give you superpowers after all. I also think this dish tastes even better a few hours after making it, once all the different flavors incorporate. This is an easy one-dish meal that you can eat warm or cold, so it’s great for leftovers or as a quick nutritious meal after a long run. This meal stays in my regular repertoire due to the ease of making it; by the time my quinoa is done cooking, I’m done chopping up my vegetables. After I mix it all together, it’s ready to eat!



6 Responses to California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods Copycat Recipe)

  1. Sean M says:

    This looks great Ryan. I have a great recipe for a Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad that is excellent. This is a great change on that recipe. I do believe we will be putting this together this weekend!

  2. Susana says:

    Thank you for sharing your version of the California Quinoa Salad from Whole Foods. I’m excited to look at your other recipes. Thanks again!

  3. liz says:

    Making this recipe now. May want to add a step- cool the quinoa before adding the dressing and chopped fruits/veg. It will keep longer. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Mike Weber says:

    Wow! I just tried this recipe from a friend and that’s all I can say! Thank you for this amazing dish coming all the way out from Pennsylvania!

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