Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe, a light and fresh salad packed with vegetables. Delicious served as a main dish, side dish, or a great potluck dish!

Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad

Friends, are you enjoying the last week of August? I’ve been updating quite a few old posts (since I’ve been blogging since 2006) and this Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe today is one of our favorites from 4 years ago. (This recipe is very similar to my Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad or Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Basil).

BEST Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

What’s in a quinoa salad?

Packed with veggies and quinoa, and a very light dressing, you can use currants or dried blueberries. I like to buy several small bags of wild dried blueberries from Trader Joe’s to keep on hand just for this salad. But again, currants are just as delicious.

Oh, and did I mention the sugar snap peas? A great addition to this salad!

Easy Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

Sometimes our greatest joys come from life’s simplest pleasures.

Like spending 3 days with our friends from Portland, with their three little kids.

With our kids being 26, 24, and 22 now, we’re really digging the little kids’ ages.

They are so cute, interactive, and fun to be with, and to be quite honest, it does make me miss the younger years of parenting. But not how exhausted I always was! :)

Parenting 3 kids was so fun, but honestly, I don’t think we’re ever prepared for how hard it is, and how it’s essential to go with the flow in life. Looking back, man am I glad that I learned to put perfectionism aside, and really love on my kids. Now they are BIG kids and we are reaping the rewards of all those hard years of parenting. Whew!

Why we love quinoa

We do a lot of cooking when our friends come to town, and Steph is great about bringing food with her, and they, like us – like to eat fresh!

This trip she brought a killer quinoa salad that I couldn’t wait to make again. We’re big quinoa fans here, but I’m always amazed at how many people don’t really know what it is.

We love quinoa because it’s packed with protein and is also wheat free! (Yay, a salad to make when you are hosting Vegetarians and Vegans!)

It also takes little time to cook, way less time than other whole grains.

Add a bit of olive oil, sea salt and lemon juice and – yum!

Tasty Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

So here’s the fabulous, fresh, and family-friendly recipe that I think you’ll love.

And our BIG kids today still ask me to make this salad (4 years later!)


Delicious Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

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Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4 -6


  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 c chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 3/4 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sugar snap peas
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup cucumber diced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • For the dressing, combine lime, olive oil, honey, and a pint of salt and pepper. Mix together and set aside.
  • Next, in a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over the dressing, then toss salad until everything is evenly coated in dressing.
  • Refrigerate and serve cold.

More salad recipes: Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Salad [Real Housemoms], Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes and Cucumber [Kalyn’s Kitchen], and Black Bean Quinoa Salad [Spend with Pennies].

Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe

This post is reposted from 2012.

20 comments on “Quinoa and Currant Summer Salad Recipe”

  1. Made the salad It is delicious and very moorish 

  2. This was the first quinoa salad I’ve made and I’m hooked! I tried the dried blueberries from Trader Joes and they are a nice addition. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. That sounds like a great combination!

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  6. Hi Sandy! Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post today :)

  7. Friday night. We’re having this for dinner. :-) Thank you, Sandy.

  8. this looks incredible!! i love quinoa salads … one of my faVorites has similar ingredients as this one, including the mint, which totally makes the salad. i do love to add feta cheese :)

  9. Loving the looks of this salad. I think I need to send my kids to visit you for some time with Aunt Sandy :)

  10. My favorite way is a salad too, and I love this one, perfect for summer!

  11. Wow I have to make this really soon, it looks so fantastic! I have the best of both worlds with 2 older kids and one younger.

  12. That’s one gorgeous salad, and it looks and sounds like you are having a great time with your visitors! I have a box of quinoa in my pantry and now I know just what I am making with it! :-)

  13. looks great girl! hope you’re well!

  14. Sounds like a fun time with friends, adorable kids too! And I love quinoa salads. This is a unique one too, I love trying new ones!

  15. This sounds fabulous! Do you think it’s ok to substitute raisins for currants? I don’t stock currants in my pantry but I do have raisins! Can’t wait to try!

  16. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to see you soon!! XO

  17. Look forward to reading your blog each day… So with all due respect, it is currant, not current :)

  18. So funny…..I was just putting together a quinoa salad with some leftover from Sunday dinner. I’m using a curry yogurt dressing and adding mango, raisins and onions. The main meal was ratatouille served over steamed quinoa (all veggies grown from the garden). Love the nutty taste of the quinoa.

  19. Oh Sandy I’m loving this!! My favorite way to eat quinoa is in salad form like this. I love the nuts & sweetness from the currents mixed in, yum!!

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