Quinoa Arugula Salad

This is a yummy and nourishing quinoa arugula salad for any season. It is full of good protein from the quinoa and the pumpkin seeds. It is a whole meal in one bowl.

Quinoa Arugula Salad


1 cup cooked Quinoa
2 handfuls, Arugula
1 small handful Parsley
1/4 Red Pepper, chopped
1 small Cucumber, sliced in rounds
1/2 Avocado, chopped
5 pitted Olives
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds, roasted
1/4 – 1/3 cup Light Olive Oil Salad Dressing


  1. Mix greens, avocado, olives and red pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Mix in Salad Dressing
  3. Mix in cucumber and cooked quinoa.
  4. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top.
  5. Now sit down and enjoy this delicious salad.

This is one  serving or if you are a big eater you may need to double the ingredients.

Tip: If you want to make extra for the next day, do not mix the salad dressing, cucumber or pumpkin seeds in. A mix of the basic ingredients will last 3 days in the fridge.

Here is my favourite quinoa:  truRoots Organic Quinoa 100% Whole Grain Premium Quality.

Note:  Arugula has many health and detox benefits. Because of this I often use it in my weight loss and detox classes.


Deluxe Quinoa Pudding

More quinoa recipes:

 Deluxe Quinoa Pudding

 Quinoa with Pomegranate and Cashews

 Quinoa Coconut Almond Porridge – Sugarless

 Quick Quinoa Porridge

Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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  • What is Arugula? I have never heard of it.
    Diane, I was in the USA recently, & I bought some Stevia – it is called “SweetLeaf” is that the one you use? It is a powder, I also bought Stevia from Fairway supermarket, it has stevia rebaudiana, plus vegetable glycerin, deionized water, natural vanilla. Are they O.K.& are they not also made in a lab?
    Have you heard of a plant called Saffron, well in South Africa they are making an anti-depressant from it. I am going to try it myself, with my anti-depressant.It is called Felix.

    • Joy, Here is an article on arugula:

      I don’t use that brand of stevia; it could be ok as long as it is not over processed.

      Occasionally I use saffron in my cooking, love how brightly coloured it is.
      According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:
      “Saffron (Crocus satvius), standardized extract, may help relieve depression although it’s too soon to say for sure. One preliminary study found that it worked as well as Prozac, while another found that it worked as well as a low dose of Tofranil. Saffron can be dangerous or even life-threatening at high doses or when taken for a long time, so don’t take it without your doctor’s supervision. Pregnant women and people with bipolar disorder should not take saffron supplements.”

  • I am not sure if you received my last comment to you, but I just wanted to thank you for answering & finding out for me about Saffron as an anti-depressant.
    Thank you once again & for your good articles.
    Joy Markman

  • Hi Diane, I am just interested to know if you eat inbetween meals? I eat maybe some nice dish with organic brown sugar & Stevia/some dark chocolate/ especially mid-afternoon & after dinner. I am trying to live by the 80/20 meal plan for my bones, as I have osteoporosis – on fracture line, & instead of taking the meds., for the problem, I have bought the book from Vivian Goldschmidt, MA (saveourbones.com)& that is what she recommends.Of course it is an alkaline diet.I also have POS, which has actually given me osteoporosis, I have had a terrible time with this sydrome. I lost six babies,had male-pattern baldness, cystic acne. It is a hormonal disease. Any suggestions?
    Thanks so much,

  • thank you so much for this awesome recipe. arugula is one of my favourite salads to eat. with thyroid disease, i watch my consumption but in all these years i have not had a problem with it – -unlike with kale, mustard greens, broccoli and cauliflower.

    thank you for being you.