Crunchy Quinoa Spring Salad

This fresh salad is made with Success® Tri-Color Quinoa that’s sautéed with a little oil until golden brown and crispy. It adds satisfying texture and great taste to this winning dish.

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Crunchy Quinoa Spring Salad

Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 6 cups butter lettuce, torn
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup store-bought ranch dressing
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped


Fresh, Flavorful and Filling

We call this a three “F” salad because it’s fresh, flavorful and filling — everything a salad should be! Unlike boring or bland salads that leave you hungry an hour later, this Crunchy Quinoa Spring Salad is filling and delicious. Made with creamy avocado, peppery radish, crispy lettuce and hearty Success® Tri-Color Quinoa, it’s a complete meal in a bowl. Tossed in tangy ranch dressing, this tasty salad packs a flavor punch that you’ll want to enjoy time and time again.

For a unique, crunchy quality we’ve done something different with the quinoa in this recipe. After cooking your quinoa to perfection in just 10 minutes, you cook it for another 10 to 15 minutes with canola oil in a skillet until it’s satisfyingly crunchy and golden. You’ll love the earthy flavor and crunchy texture so much, you’ll want to use this technique for your other favorite quinoa salads!

Add Protein

This tasty salad is a great vegetarian option as is. If you want to keep it vegetarian but want to add extra protein, try it with tofu or chickpeas. If you’re not on a vegetarian diet, you can try this salad with grilled shrimp, chicken or steak for an even heartier dish. Salads are great for customizing to your own tastes with additional vegetables or proteins.

If you’re a fan of delicious and power-packed salad bowls you might also like this Chicken and Quinoa Power Bowl with avocado and a homemade tahini Caesar dressing. Or for something a bit different, try this Spanish rice recipe!

  • Enjoy a fresh, flavorful and filling meal with this loaded salad featuring crunchy quinoa, fresh avocado, crispy lettuce and crumbled goat cheese.

    Step 1

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook quinoa for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Cool completely.

    Step 3-Toss together crunchy quinoa, lettuce, avocado, radishes and goat cheese in a large bowl until combined. Add dressing and mix until well coated. Garnish with chives.