Quinoa Salad With Cherries, Walnuts And Feta Recipe

Give your lunchtime salad plan a refresh by adding some of these zesty ingredients.

These easy-to-knock-out weeknight salad recipes are designed to fit in with your busy schedule and your nutrition plan, while featuring in-season, nutrient-rich fruit in a savory fashion.

Quinoa Salad With 
Cherries, Walnuts And Feta

Packed with complete protein, quinoa is an ideal replacement when you don’t have the time or desire to prepare an animal protein. Plus, cherries have a list of performance boosters for athletes, such as decreasing muscle soreness, reducing inflammation and promoting sleep (via melatonin), making them ideal for dinnertime.


Serves 4

  • 1½ 
cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted 
and halved
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 
Tbsp shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 
Tbsp basil, chopped
  • 6 oz. spinach


Cook quinoa with ¼ teaspoon salt, according to the instructions on the package. Once cooked, spread onto a baking sheet to cool. In a bowl, toss the quinoa with the rest of the ingredients and the lemon vinaigrette, to taste. Serve over the spinach.

Lemon Vinaigrette

Make a larger batch and store in the fridge up to two weeks, if desired.


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 
lemons, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste


In a blender, combine all ingredients until incorporated.