Easy Quinoa Salad Sandwiches

On April 18, 2012, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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This has been my quinoa experimenting week.  Now that I’ve discovered that I love the texture and the nutty flavor, and that the nutritional benefits are extreme, I’ve been challenging myself to create even more recipes to use it in.  This quick lunch recipe will be in our regular rotation.  It turned out to be a delicious, inexpensive and veggie-packed meal that came together in minutes.  It’s very simple to prepare and the flavor will be enhanced and get better after being in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.  This made a good-sized batch and we had sandwiches from it over the course of three days.

quinoa salad sandwich

Quinoa Salad Sandwiches and red grapes with some mixed spring salad greens made a delicious lunch!

I think this would also be delicious and beautiful as the filling for stuffed tomatoes or yummy tucked inside a pita for a sandwich on the go.  I used the veggies I had in the kitchen, so this is a recipe that will lend itself well to many variations and tastes.  I WILL say that the cauliflower was a perfect texture complement and even gave the look of hard-boiled egg whites, so you might be able to pass it off as egg salad, if you have someone who doesn’t like trying new things.  Also, the dressing can be decreased or increased, as suits your family’s palate.  Some like their sandwiches drier, some moister.  In my house I have people on both extremes and so I try to meet somewhere in the middle.


The ingredients I began with as I started working out this recipe - quinoa, cauliflower, cucumber, green onions, celery and red bell pepper.


Easy Quinoa Salad Sandwiches

Rating: 51

10 minutes

10 minutes

8-12 sandwiches

Easy Quinoa Salad Sandwiches


  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 small, or 1/2 a large, cucumber, finely diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 cup cauliflower, finely diced
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard


  1. Stir together the quinoa and veggies in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the sour cream, Miracle Whip, mustard, salt and dill in a small bowl. Pour over the veggie quinoa mixture.
  3. Stir the dressing into the quinoa and vegetables until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  5. Use this salad filling to create delicious and satisfying sandwiches for lunch, fill stuffed tomatoes on a salad plate or fill a pita pocket with it for a meal-on-the go.


Definitely change up the veggies in this recipe to suit your family's preferences.

I think you could easily substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream in the recipe, with good results. I just didn't have any on hand, at the time.

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29 Responses to Easy Quinoa Salad Sandwiches

  1. Rachel says:

    This looks so good! I love quinoa and I am glad I have another recipe for it now! Thanks!

  2. Wow, that looks delish! I need to use quinoa more often, thank you for the nudge!

    • Dagmar, it’s still pretty new to our family, so I am trying to use it in ways that are similar to familiar dishes. This one was definitely a hit. I hope you enjoy it. I’m so glad you had time to visit!

  3. deb says:

    This looks so yummy! I never thought of using quinoa this way. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deb, I’ve been so impressed at how easily quinoa takes on the flavors of the seasonings you add to it. It makes it possible to use it in ways I had never expected to. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. That looks really good. I never would have thought to put quinoa in a sandwich.

    • Hi Ellen! Thanks for your visit. It seems a little crazy, but when I realized what a great protein substitute, it is, I decided to try using it in all the ways we typically eat protein at our house. It’s fantastic in sandwiches!

  5. Amy says:

    You know, I’m not sure I’ve ever had quinoa. I’ll have to try it!

    • You can do so many different things with it and as I mentioned in my last post, it’s an absolute nutrition powerhouse, Amy! I buy the Bob’s Red Mill brand on Amazon, since we don’t have a store, locally, that carries it. I really have enjoyed learning to cook with it!

  6. That looks so healthy!! And yummy – I am wondering if ranch dressing is classy enough for quinoa? This is inspiring me to try…

  7. Looks great, I have been cooking with quinoa myself in an attempt to eat “outside” of the box in MN, my husband would love this recipe!

  8. Theresa says:

    Looks yummy & maybe using it for stuffing mushrooms? I have never tried quinoa yet. Looks like the perfect spring sandwich.

  9. I’d never thought to put Quinoa on sandwiches! Looks yummy – so, what time should I come over for lunch?? Hahaha! :)

  10. Melanie says:

    This looks really yummy and easy! My kids may not like it but I’ll love trying it out! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I’ve been experimenting with quinoa lately too, and am loving it! This makes such a great sandwich filling…love the flavors here!

  12. I shared everywhere this yummy looking recipe!!! I must try quinoa sometime soon!!!

  13. Natalie Z says:

    yum! That is a great alternative way to add nutritious quinoa to our meals.

  14. This looks delicious. Lots of good ingredients, and I like the idea of using mayo to bind it.

  15. Nina Say says:

    This looks delicious! I have not had very many experiences with quinoa but I’ll definitely try this one.

  16. rick says:

    This looks amazing. I would have never thought of quinoa. Thanks for sharing

  17. Heather says:

    This looks awesome! I love quinoa, but typically pair it with black bean salad. I think that my kids would really enjoy this though, and it would be a good vegetarian alternative to my usual tuna or egg salad :-)

  18. Heidi Clark says:

    OHMYGOODNESS. this looks amazing! I am a quinoa lover and this will get in my rotation I do believe! I’m hungry now!

    • Thank you, Heidi! It’s so simple and my kids love it! I’m a huge fan of sneaking quinoa into as many places as I can in our menu. The nutritional benefits are extraordinary! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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