3-Step Broccoli Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Broccoli Quinoa Salad with almonds, dried cherries and feta cheese

Sweet yet savory, crunchy yet chewy and healthy yet tasty. Whether you need a simple side salad for a dinner party or are looking for a smart and satisfying lunch idea, this easy Broccoli Quinoa Salad recipe has it all!

A Simple and Satisfying Healthy Side Dish

Fresh, fiber-rich chopped broccoli is complimented by protein-packed quinoa, tart dried cherries, crisp almonds and creamy, salty feta cheese. Paired with a homemade honey mustard vinaigrette, it’s short on calories but definitely not flavor!

This healthy broccoli quinoa salad with almonds is super easy to make. It only takes three simple steps! First, combine a half-cup of cooked quinoa with three cups of finely chopped broccoli in a large salad bowl.

The second step is to make the broccoli quinoa salad dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together a tablespoon each of olive oil, lemon juice and honey, plus two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of Dijon mustard and a quarter-teaspoon of onion powder. Pour the mixture over the broccoli and quinoa.

Finally, the last step is to incorporate the sweetness, saltiness and crunchiness. You’ll add in a quarter-cup of sliced almonds, a half-cup of dried cherries and two ounces of crumbled feta cheese to the serving bowl. Gently toss to combine, then get ready to dig in! You can enjoy the salad immediately or chill it in the refrigerator until you’re hungry.

Easy Substitutions and Additions for Your Broccoli Quinoa Salad

As prepared, this healthy, three-step recipe makes four servings of Broccoli Quinoa Salad. One serving contains 247 calories. You can log it into your NuMi app journal as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, two Extras and half of a Vegetable if you’re on the Nutrisystem weight loss plan.

While this salad doesn’t have enough broccoli to count as a full vegetable serving, you can feel free to add more! Simply double up the amount of broccoli that you use to count the recipe as a full Vegetable serving.

Non-starchy vegetables are unlimited, so it’s easy to add more to your favorite meals, snacks and recipes to make them more satisfying. You can also add in other non-starchy veggies that you enjoy, such as sliced onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and cauliflower.

Looking for some more healthy swaps for this broccoli quinoa salad with feta? Check out the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide for inspiration! You can easily adjust the ingredients to your taste buds. For example, if you don’t like dried cherries, you can use another dried fruit like raisins or dried cranberries instead.

Don’t like almonds? Try the recipe with another nut option, such as cashews, walnuts or pecans. If you’re not a fan of feta, use mozzarella or parmesan!

More Healthy Broccoli Recipes

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Servings: 4

Calories per Serving: 247

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 2 Extras and ½ Vegetable


  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 cups broccoli, chopped finely
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • 2 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • Broccoli Salad Dressing
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp, lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine broccoli and quinoa. Pour in the dressing mixture and toss to combine.
  3. Gently toss in almonds, cherries and feta cheese.
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