Indian Spiced Quinoa Salad

Indian Spiced Quinoa Salad

I love playing around with flavors in the kitchen when I’m in the mood for something new and different. Recently, I was inspired to make a quinoa salad crossed with a yogurt-based Indian side dish called raita. I really like how it turned out. This Indian spiced quinoa salad is a really filling meal and a great accompaniment to spicy food. Its also pretty straight-forward to make.

This recipe has a really mild flavor because it is based on raita. Raita is often served alongside other spicy Indian dishes because it can help counter-act the spiciness of Indian foods. So, if you want your dish to have a bit more punch, try doubling the amount of all the spices you use.

Indian-Spiced Quinoa Salad

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Indian-Spiced Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 small onion, sliced and caramelized
  • 1 - 1 1/2 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Rinse the quinoa and cook it with 2 cups of water. Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of olive oil for flavor. (It usually takes 15-20 minutes.)
  2. Once the quinoa has cooked, combine it in a bowl with all the other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Serve.

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27 Replies to “Indian Spiced Quinoa Salad”

    • Its not so crazy that you’ve never had quinoa- I only recently tried it in the past year! I’m kind of hooked on it now because I like the taste and all the great nutritional value it has. Thank you for stopping by to visit!

  1. Wow, what a great combination of flavours. I love Indian food but it doesn’t agree with me lately so maybe I should try this healthier dish! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    • Thank you so much for visiting Natasha and for inviting me to share at your link party. I stopped by to share my latest recipes and I hope you give my quinoa salad a try!

  2. I’ve never cooked with quinoa, but you’ved motivated me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  3. My vegan friends would love this recipe! Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! I hope you hop over again next week.

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