Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Broccoli Quinoa Salad does not sound like the sort of recipe that would elicit an emotional reaction. Dancing around the kitchen, closing one’s eyes in culinary ecstasy, and wildly proclaiming “mmmmmm” are just not the sort of behaviors one associates with ingredients like broccoli and quinoa. Throw in the word “salad,” and you have a recipe that sounds ho-hum, not HOLD ME BACK, I WANT MORE.

Creamy Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Greek Yogurt Lemon Dressing. Healthy and protein packed! Perfect for make ahead meals, light lunches, and potluck side dishes. {gluten free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Yet, that is exactly what happened the moment I took a bite of this quinoa and broccoli salad with almonds. That is just not normal.

Then again, this Broccoli Quinoa Salad, complete with crunchy almonds and a creamy lemon yogurt dressing, isn’t normal either. It’s exceptional. Audible yumming, kitchen happy dance, hallelujah exceptional.

Creamy Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Greek Yogurt Lemon Dressing and Almonds. Healthy, protein packed, and gluten free.

Every element of this Broccoli Quinoa Salad works together to create a dish with elevated and bewitching layers of flavor and texture. The quinoa is light and nutty, the broccoli is crisp, the almonds are toasty, and a heaping handful of fresh tarragon and parsley makes the salad taste animated and fresh. Toss the entire shebang in a creamy lemon yogurt dressing, and you have a healthy green meal that will have you dancing in your kitchen too.

Broccoli Quinoa Salad tastes as good the day it is made as it does leftover. You can serve it at room temperature at a party or potluck or prep a big bowl over the weekend for healthy lunches and dinners all week long. If you’d like to add some extra protein beyond what is already in the quinoa, feel free to toss in some chickpeas or top it with grilled or shredded chicken.

Make ahead Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Creamy Greek Yogurt Lemon Dressing. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

My inspiration for this Broccoli Quinoa Salad came from Bon Appetit, a magazine to which I swore I was going to stop subscribing, partly to control the population of glossy magazines that are proliferating on our coffee table and partly because every Bon Appetit recipe I’ve tried dirties a minimum of six mixing bowls, and mama hates dishes.

In what I swore would be my final issue, I spied a recipe for a broccoli quinoa salad with buttermilk dressing, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

Plus, I just purchased a few of these pretty gold magazine racks to organize all of my subscriptions, so I think I need to keep it, don’t you?

Healthy make ahead Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Greek Yogurt Lemon Dressing and Almonds. Perfect for weekday lunches, light dinners, or for a summer potluck side. Delicious and gluten free! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Almonds is my adaptation of Bon Appetit’s recipe. I eliminated a few steps (and their accompanying bowls), changed the ingredient ratios to be more to my liking (more green, less grain), and updated the ingredients to ones that I more frequently have on hand. For example, I replaced the buttermilk in the original dressing recipe with Greek yogurt, which offers the same tang, but is creamier, healthier, and far more likely to be in my refrigerator.

I DID keep Bon Appetit’s combination of tarragon and parsley, and I insist you do the same. The unique freshness and flavor of the two together is absolutely worth the chopping. Also if, like me, you cringe every time you place one of those expensive herb packets in your grocery cart, know that it will be absolutely worth it.

Tools I used to make this Broccoli Quinoa Salad:

  • Stock pot with insert (I added the insert recently, and I highly recommend it. It’s perfect for blanching veggies, and, when you do cook pasta, ensuring you don’t toss out the pasta water by mistake).
  • Metal measuring cups
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Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Lemon Greek Yogurt Dressing

Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Herbs, and a Creamy Greek Yogurt Lemon Dressing. Healthy, protein packed, and perfect for make-ahead meals or sides.

Yield: 4 servings (about 6 cups total)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

for the lemon yogurt dressing:

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons nonfat milk (or any milk you like)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from about 1 medium lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the broccoli quinoa salad:

  • 2 small heads broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets (about 6 cups)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Lemon Yogurt Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, milk, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Taste and season with more salt as desired.
  2. Prepare the salad: While you are prepping the vegetables, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While it heats, fill a large bowl with ice water. Add the broccoli florets to the boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. With a slotted spoon, transfer the broccoli to the ice water, leaving the boiling water in the pot. Drain the broccoli and transfer it to a kitchen towel–lined baking sheet. Lightly pat dry.
  3. Return the water in the pot to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook until slightly al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain through a fine-mesh sieve so that the quinoa does not slip through. Transfer the drained quinoa to a large bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons yogurt dressing and remaining 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing, broccoli, shallot, parsley, tarragon, and almonds. Toss to combine. Taste and add additional salt and/or pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Make it ahead: Dressing can be prepared up to 5 days in advance. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Adapted from Bon Appetit

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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 4)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 252 Calories
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Sodium: 417mg
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 14g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

11 comments

  1. Definitely going to make this for my lunches next week! Looks so yummy!

    Rating: 5
  2. Looks perfect for a sunday brunch, thanks!

    Rating: 5
  3. I love a good broccoli salad, thanks for the recipe!

  4. I made this for Mothers Day and it is delicious. That was two days ago and I’m going to make it again tonight.

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so excited to hear you gave this recipe a try and enjoyed it, Margy! Thanks so much for reporting back.

  5. PINNING and #winning

  6. Just made this tonight, it’s so delicious!!! THANK YOU ERIN!!!  I have a tarragon plant that I had never used,  so I was excited to finally cook with it! The lemon yogurt dressing is seriously so good I was eating it with a spoon, haha!  Do you have any suggestions for other items you think the dressing would work with?!  Maybe as a salad dressing?  I was thinking something with arugula!  I bet it would taste good with chicken too! You are the best! 

    Rating: 5
    • Tracy, I think your ideas sound delicious! I’m so glad to hear you loved the salad! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review.

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