A delicious summery salad is all I need to keep going while working. Normally I’d make a run to the nearest Whole Foods and get their California Quinoa, but recently I’ve been pondering, can the salad be that hard to make? So let’s give the Whole Foods California quinoa salad recipe a try!

This is a ridiculously easy recipe, all you need to do is cook the quinoa and throw in the rest of the ingredients, it takes no time to make. Let’s go!

Whole Foods California Quinoa Salad Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 351 kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 lime zest
  • 1 peeled and diced mango
  • 1/2 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted almonds slivered
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a saucepan add quinoa and 1 cup of water
  • Place on high flame and let it cook till tender
  • Place a lid over the saucepan so that it cooks quicker
  • After 5 minutes remove the saucepan from flame 
  • Fluff up the quinoa with a fork
  • Let the quinoa cool
  • In a separate bowl mix together the balsamic vinegar and lime zest
  • In a larger bowl, place cooked and cooled quinoa, mangoes, edamame, coconut flakes, raisins, bell pepper, onions, and almonds
  • Add salt and pepper to your liking
  • Give the mixture a good toss
  • Add the vinegar dressing over the salad
  • Give the salad another good toss so that everything mixes properly
  • Sprinkle cilantro leaves
  • Place in the fridge to chill
  • Serve after 15 minutes

Tips for this recipe

  • We recommend eating a chilled salad as it brings out the flavors properly
  • You can cook quinoa using the instant pot method as well
  • You can add any tropical fruit available like oranges or pomegranate 
  • Store in an airtight container and consume within a week
  • You can use the vinegar and zest dressing with other foods too
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You have yourself a scrumptious California Quinoa from the comfort of your home. After several no-so-similar-quinoa attempts, I finally made the whole foods California quinoa salad recipe but the good part was that I got to control the ingredients and their quantity.

This is something you can make on a lazy weekend. Just pull out your metaphorical chef hat and start cooking.

Side Dishes

Quinoa is a greater dish on its own but at Yogitrition we love experimenting with flavors and foods. Quinoa will add good carbs to Instant Pot Chicken Wings. Another incredible protein dish that needs healthy quinoa is Salmon with Asian Walnut Slaw, this combination will give a wonderful blend of fruits and vegetables. California Quinoa with a side of Roasted Garlic and White Wine Alfredo screams fine dining (at home). Speaking of garlic, try the Garlic Chicken Spinach Pizza, it brings out the fruity undertones of California Quinoa.

If you want more dressing, have a look at the Cauliflower Cream Recipe. Not to mention Silken Tofu Ranch is a beloved dressing, nothing can replace it. 

Recipes Galore

Quinoa can be used in several different ways such as: 

Health Benefits

Quinoa is not a recent discovery, it has been planted in the Andes Mountains of South America by Native Tribes(Ancient Inca Empire) for millennia! Quinoa has recently started gaining popularity as a superfood. Some benefits are mentioned below:

  • Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids necessary for muscle, skin, and hair formation. Our body cannot produce these essential amino acids and thus relies on our diet.
  • Quinoa is high in fiber, thus helps in preventing constipation and protecting us against intestinal diseases.
  • They contain plant-based antioxidants like flavonoids, most important are quercetin and kaempferol. These components have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, and antidepressant effects on our bodies.
  • Quinoa has a low glycemic index, meaning it will not raise blood sugar levels after consumption making it a food recommended for diabetics.
  • As quinoa is high in antioxidants it helps keep our heart healthy and prevents our vessels from clogging up.
  • It helps in controlling and losing weight. Quinoa boosts our metabolism and we burn our calories faster thereby preventing excessive eating and weight gain.