Ensalada de quinua con cebollas curtidas or quinoa salad with pickled onions


Do you tend to overeat or eat in a less healthy way when you eat out or are on vacation? Maybe it’s just me, but when I cook at home I am much more conscious about the ingredients I use and how much I eat, and we don’t go out to eat that frequently. However ,when on vacation we have to eat it out, and I find that for me, eating out = eat whatever you want. Also, when I cook at home I am less likely to be starving by lunch or dinner time (since I’ve been tasting everything) so I tend to eat less; but whenever we eat out I am so hungrythat I completely stuff myself. So, yes, the past week I’ve overstuffed myself, sometimes with good food and sometimes not so good( guess what I craved for lunch after skiing: hamburger, fries and beer/coke/red bull). Even then I do think it’s okay to give into those fast food cravings every now and then, but now I’m craving fresh and healthy food.Something like this quinoa salad made with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, lime juice, olive oil and cilantro and topped with some cebollas curtidas or red pickled onions.This salad is easy to make, very refreshing and with the carbs from the quinoa it won’t leave you hungry, even my sport obsessed (and therefore carbs obsessed) husband finds it filling enough for him, and unlike the hamburger, fries & coke combo you don’t think to yourself “why did I eat this?” after you’ve finished.A quinoa and vegetable salad works great as a light meal or also as side dish.


3 cups cooked quinoa

1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup diced cucumber, seeds removed

2 tbs finely chopped green onions or scallions

Juice of 1 large lime

2 tbs finely chopped cilantro

2 tbs olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Serve with – Salad greens and cebollas curtidas or pickled red onions


  1. Mix the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Add the cooked quinoa and mix well.
  3. Place the quinoa salad on the salad greens and top with the curtido or pickled onions.

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Quinoa salad Quinoa salad with pickled onions or ensalada de quinoa

This post was last modified: August 11th, 2014 by Layla Pujol


  1. I have made this several times and it’s one of my favorite dishes now – really tasty and healthy. I like to use an herb salad mix that has fresh dill in it. The dill is a good complement for this.

  2. Made this easy and healthy lunch today, and was so impressed as I am with everything on this site. My partner loved it too. The cebollas curtidas are a must!

  3. I think I’m the same way: eating out usually means I’m totally stuffed! It’s a bad habit, I know. =D

  4. Very nice. I really like the addition of the pickled onions. The post skiing cravings hit home. That’s what we do coming home from the mountains or rock climbing, stop at the first pizza place or burger stand (fries and a chocolate shake, please) This is great for a tasty, feel good after salad. The brightness of the lime, fresh cucumber, pickled onions all balanced with the texture of the quinoa. Tasty. Todd-WORC

    Thank you! It’s a very Ecuadorian thing to serve pickled or lime marinated onions with almost every dish/meal.

  5. well this just looks fab and easy! I’M ON IT!!!

  6. A marvelous salad! i love that kind of dish…



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