Gordon Ramsay’s Quinoa Salad

A fresh, delicious and easy quinoa salad recipe by Gordon Ramsay which features mint, tomatoes, and cucumbers to create a healthy and summery salad!

a red bowl of Gordon Ramsay's easy Quinoa Salad with tomatoes, mint and cucumber

Can I tell you a lil’ secret? This easy quinoa salad recipe was my first attempt ever at cooking quinoa. I’ve eaten quinoa a few times before, but I had never actually cooked it myself.

The truth is, I wasn’t really convinced by its taste and above all, by its texture. My boyfriend Solal just hates it, and really, there are very little things he doesn’t like to eat. But that was before!

close-up of a red bowl with easy quinoa salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and mint

Being open-minded when it comes to food is very important to me, as I like to keep my horizon broad.

Deciding to reduce or to cut out some food for health or well-being reasons is one thing I’m perfectly fine with, but I really don’t like to be stopped by my tastebuds.

With that in mind, and knowing that so many of you like quinoa, I wanted to give this little seed another shot and cook it myself this time!

Did you raise an eyebrow when I said seed? Very often, quinoa is considered a grain because it is used and cooked like one but it is actually a seed. It is very popular amongst vegetarians and vegans because it’s a good source of plant-based protein.

Being gluten-free, quinoa is a good alternative to couscous or bulgur for intolerant people.

Is quinoa paleo-approved?

There’s a small polemic in the paleo world to know if quinoa is paleo-friendly or not. Technically it’s not a grain so it could be paleo but some people say it acts like a grain in the guts, provoking inflammations.

If you’re following a paleo diet, your consumption of quinoa should be occasional. Otherwise, quinoa is very nutrient rich: it has high levels of fiber, iron, lysine, magnesium, and manganese.

raw quinoa, mint and raisins piled up next to each other on a wooden tabletop

Looking for an easy quinoa salad recipe? This might be the one!

For my first time cooking quinoa, I decided to be safe and I chose an easy quinoa salad recipe from Gordon Ramsay’s cookbook called Ultimate Home Cooking that I was pretty sure would work well.

And I was right, it totally delivered! The quinoa salad was fresh thanks to the mint, tomatoes, and cucumber, and the quinoa added a nice nutty touch.

How to cook quinoa properly (no soapy taste):

I detailed in the recipe how to cook quinoa properly, to make sure it doesn’t have this ‘dirt’ taste that can be unpleasant. You have to rinse it thoroughly before cooking it in chicken or vegetable stock.

I hope this post and this easy quinoa salad recipe will encourage you to give quinoa a go if you haven’t tried it before.

If you’re a fan, you’ll love this bright and refreshing quinoa salad with mint, cucumber and tomatoes! Even Solal said it wasn’t bad – which is a MAJOR step forward 😉

a red bowl with Gordon Ramsay's easy quinoa salad topped with fresh mint

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Gordon Ramsay's easy Quinoa Salad with cucumber, mint and raisins in a red bowl
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Gordon Ramsay’s Quinoa Salad

A fresh, delicious and easy quinoa salad recipe by Gordon Ramsay which features mint, tomatoes, and cucumbers to create a healthy and summery salad!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, quinoa, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people as a side - 4 as a main
Calories 236 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa 200 g, any variety
  • 3 cups stock chicken or vegetable
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/2 large cucumber peeled, deseeded and cut into half moons
  • 5 oz cherry tomatoes 140 g, halved
  • 4 tbsp raisins
  • 4 scallions trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly with cool water for at least 2 minutes. Drain. Rinsing quinoa before cooking will remove its natural bitter or soapy taste
  2. Transfer to a medium saucepan, cover with stock, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes on the lowest setting. Turn off the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and spread on a baking sheet or large plate to allow quinoa to cool down quickly.

  3. Spread almonds in a single layer in a pan and toast over medium-high heat until golden. Watch them carefully as they can burn quickly. Transfer to a large salad bowl.

  4. Add cucumber, tomatoes, raisins, scallions, mint and cooled quinoa. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with lime juice and olive oil, and toss again. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Slightly adapted from Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking Cookbook

Nutrition Facts
Gordon Ramsay’s Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 /8th)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 359mg 15%
Potassium 369mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 7.5%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments
  1. I love quinao! I cook mine using Gwynie’s method, which is pretty much the same as Gordon’s. I use it in any recipe to replace cous cous or even rice if I’ve forgotten to buy some. The only downside is it’s quite expensive, I also love bulgur wheat which is half the price! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    1. What’s Gwyneth’s method? Gordon’s recipe wasn’t really clear about how to cook it, it just said “cook quinoa according to packet directions” so I did some research and that’s what I found 🙂

      1. Here you go:
        1 cup quinoa
        1 3/4 cups water
        pinch of salt

        I rinse my quinoa (this really makes a difference – do NOT skip this step)
        Place quinoa and water in a heavy-bottomed pan along with the tiny pinch of salt. Bring the combination to a quick boil and reduce heat to low (around 2 on my range). Cover and cook for 15 minutes (do not peek). Remove from burner and place a paper towel under the lid. Let sit for five minutes exactly, then fluff and it’s ready to go. Make lots and use in various recipes. I think you can even freeze it.

  2. I love the addition of raisins and almonds in this quinoa salad recipe! It adds a nice crunch and sweetness to this otherwise very refreshing summer salad!

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