Curried Quinoa Salad

This salad combines a few of our favorite things: quinoa, curry paste, tahini, and all the vegetables.

It’s tangy, it’s vibrant, it’s fresh, and it’s the perfect side dish or salad main to lift you out of any winter eating rut. Let’s do this!

The base for this 10-ingredient recipe is quinoa cooked with curry powder* until tender. Then come fresh vegetables, herbs, and an utterly delicious tahini green curry paste dressing* we’ve been putting on everything lately (exhibits A, B, and C).

The result is a hearty, savory dish that is easy, delicious, and quite versatile (adapt to what season you’re experiencing).

*Note: This recipe draws inspiration from Indian, Thai, and Middle Eastern flavors. You can learn more about the origin of curry powder and find our DIY recipe here. And learn about green curry paste here and tahini here.

For the salad “toppings,” we went with radish, bell pepper, green onion, and cilantro. Pomegranate arils are another colorful addition that adds another wave of color and texture. Swoon.

We hope you all LOVE this salad. It’s:

Seasonally versatile
& Super tasty

This would be a great dish to bring as a side to dinner parties and to have around as a snack or entrée, and it’s especially great as leftovers. Add this atop some greens and throw on some ripe avocado for an even heartier, satisfying main.

If you’re into curry recipes, be sure to check out our Curried Lentil & Vegetable Kale Salad, Easy Green Curry Paste (used in the salad dressing), Curried Roasted Cashews, Yellow Pumpkin Curry, and Thai Yellow Curry with Mango!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see. Cheers, friends!

Curried Quinoa Salad

A savory quinoa and vegetable salad with green curry tahini dressing! Just 10 ingredients, fresh, nourishing, and SO satisfying!Author Minimalist Baker Print SAVE SAVED

4.93 from 40 votes Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Servings 4Course Salad, SideCuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Middle Eastern-Inspired, Thai-Inspired, VeganFreezer Friendly NoDoes it keep? 3 Days

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US Customary – Metric


1 cup quinoa (well rinsed and drained)1 pinch sea salt1 tsp curry powder1 ¾ cups water


4 Tbsp green curry paste (or store-bought, though fresh is best)3 Tbsp tahini2 Tbsp lemon juice1 Tbsp maple syrup1 pinch each sea salt and black pepper1-2 Tbsp olive oil (optional // if avoiding oil, sub water)Water (to thin)


1 large red bell pepper (diced)3 whole radishes (thinly sliced)1 cup fresh chopped cilantro1/2 cup pomegranate arils (optional)4 stalks green onion, thinly sliced (optional)2 Tbsp nut or seed of choice (e.g. hemp seeds or roasted cashews // optional)Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)


Add quinoa to a small saucepan and toast over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, being careful not to burn. Then add salt, curry powder, and water and bring to a boil.Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Set aside off heat, uncovered, to cool – at least 15 minutes.In the meantime, prepare dressing by adding curry paste, tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and oil (optional) and whisk to combine. Then add water to thin until a pourable dressing is achieved.Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, lemon for acidity, salt for saltiness, or curry paste for intense curry flavor.Add all ingredients (quinoa mostly cooled) to a mixing bowl and top with dressing. Then toss to combine and serve. Enjoy at room temperature or chill. Garnish with additional pomegranate, radish, green onion, or cilantro (optional).Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Dressing will keep for 5 days.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the dressing.
*Dressing adapted from my Curry Roasted Lentil Salad.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 333 Carbohydrates: 43 g Protein: 9 g Fat: 15.1 g Saturated Fat: 1.7 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 522 mg Fiber: 5.3 g Sugar: 5 g

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