perfect summer quinoa salad with hemp seed dressing vegan


  • Author: Tina
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large salad bowls
  • Category: Dinner, side dish, salad
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Mediterranean, healthy


Perfect summer quinoa salad for hot summer evenings. Super nutritious and delicious, dressed in creamy and rich hempseed dressing. Ideal for picnics and side dishes. Very simple and quick to prepare, packed with vitamins, protein, and fiber to keep you full and satisfied. You are definitely going to impress your guests at the next picnic party with this one.


For the quinoa salad:

110 grams dry quinoa

330 ml water

1 red bell pepper

1 medium-sized cucumber

1 tomato

1 ripe avocado

1 medium-sized cooked beetroot OR grated carrot

1 can of chickpeas (pan roasted with cayenne pepper, salt, and cumin)

For the hemp dressing:

120 grams hemp hearts

100 ml soy milk

juice of half a lemon

1 tsp garlic powder

pinch of sweet paprika


For quick tahini dressing:

1 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 – 2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp water (or more to thin it out)


  1. Boil the quinoa in lightly salted water covered until it absorbs the liquid and becomes soft and fluffy. Takes about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Pan roast chickpeas with a dash of olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper and cumin until they become crispy. Let them cool down.
  3. Cut all the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and stir them in a big bowl together with the quinoa and chickpeas.
  4. For the hemp ranch, combine all the ingredients in the food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Dress the salad with the dressing and enjoy.


Store the leftovers in the fridge in airtight container for a day or two.

TAHINI DRESSING: whisk all the ingredients with a spoon and dress the salad.

Store the hemp seed ranch in the fridge in a glass container for a few days.

Keywords: Easy summer salad, cold quinoa salad, vegan quinoa salad, healthy plant-based summer salad