Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette


Gluten-free Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette combines ultra-healthy and flavorful ingredients in a light-yet-filling meal.

Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. |

Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette combines ultra-healthy and flavorful ingredients like quinoa, pomegranate, citrus, avocado and beans, in a light-yet-filling meal, that’s bursting with satisfying flavors and textures. Eat by itself, or topped with shrimp or grilled chicken.

Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

serves 5


Gluten-Free Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette combines ultra-healthy and flavorful ingredients in a light-yet-filling meal.


  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled then segmented
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate worth)
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  • For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons worth)
    • 2 garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced
    • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
    • salt and pepper
    • 6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions then set aside to cool.
  2. For the Lemon Vinaigrette: combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid or bowl then shake or whisk to combine.
  3. Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, corn, cilantro, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Pour Lemon Vinaigrette over salad then stir to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.


This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


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  1. IAjayhawk 01.13.2012

    Only caught the very end of the Channel 8 news segment. Please tell me more about preparing the shrimp for this recipe.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.13.2012

      I tossed peeled & de-veined shrimp them with a little of the Lemon Vinaigrette, salt, and pepper, then sauteed them for about 2 minutes a side in a hot skillet.

      • Monique 03.21.2012

        Wonderful recipe! Do you have the nutritional value per serving?

  2. This is right up my alley – pinned it to make sure I won’t forget to try it out. Caught the tail end of your segment this morning so made sure to look up the recipe.
    Great job.

  3. Deanna 01.13.2012

    Looks awesome!!! Do u have a calorie count per serving on this?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.13.2012

      I actually don’t – let me work on it though!

    • Nikki 01.13.2012

      According to the recipe calculator on Spark People, this is about 356 calories per serving.

      Total Fat: 19.7g, Sodium: 4.2mg, Dietary Fiber: 7.5g, Sugars: 11g, Protein 7.7g

      • Teresa 01.26.2012

        Do you know the carb count on this? I’m trying to figure out the points for weight watchers. This salad looks amazing!

        • Molly 02.12.2012

          If you have e-tools on WW, just put it into the recipe builder and it will tell you how many points plus!

      • Ilona 04.07.2013

        Nikki, how big is a serving?
        thanks, ilona

      • Sara 07.08.2014

        How many carbs are we looking at for this meal?

  4. Elizabeth 01.13.2012

    this looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!

  5. Tahlia 01.13.2012

    I am new to cooking quinoa, and bought it from the bulk section, so there are no package directions! How can I best cook qunioa?

    • Jill 01.14.2012

      Typically similar to making rice on the stove top- rinse quinoa until water becomes clear, then use a 2:1 ratio of water to quinoa. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, usually 15-20 min

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.14.2012

      Usually it’s a 2-1 ratio of water to quinoa. Bring the quinoa and water up to a boil, put a lid on top, lower the heat to a simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is puffed and fluffy – about 10-15 minutes. Just make sure to rinse your quinoa under water before you cook it, otherwise it can have kind of a bitter taste!

      • MJ 03.06.2014

        I would submit that an even better way to cook quinoa is a 1:1.5 ratio. So if you have a half cup of quinoa, then you would use 3/4 cup of water. You get a much fluffier result that is not soggy or wet. Give it a try and let me know what you think. I’ve been cooking it this way for a while.

      • MJ 03.06.2014

        Oh, and the recipe is amazing…thank you so much!

    • Candice 04.25.2013

      I swear I make the best quinoa,,I really do. Have it down to a science. Using a cup of quinoa (make sure you buy it prerinsed because rinsing quinoa is a pain) put the cup of quinoa in a pot and turn on high heat shaking pot for 1 minute to “toast” the quinoa. Then add 2 cups of water to your 1 cup of quinoa. As soon as it starts boiling you can do one of two things:
      1) Cover and reduce to simmer and then proceed with below steps
      2) Get creative and add garlic cloves,,chicken or vegetable bullion,,diced habanero or jalapeño peppers if you like spicy,,etc.) to boiling water

      So now that you’ve decided on plain quinoa or have gotten creative,,like I said as soon as it starts to boil,,immediately cover and reduce to a rolling simmer. Cook for 15 minutes exactly. I promise. Then after 15 minutes,,remove from heat while quinoa is still covered and let sit off of the heat covered for 10 more minutes. After 10 minutes of sitting covered,,remove lid and fluff with fork. Voila! Perfect quinoa for snacking or using in recipes. Enjoy!!

  6. Kim 01.13.2012

    Kristen, this looks AMAZING! I cannot wait to make this at home! Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  7. Great job!! I’ve watched the last few videos you have done and I think this was your best yet :) I can’t wait to try this recipe too!

  8. Renee 01.13.2012

    you should partner up with Daily Garnish blog. She has a website called recipage. It allows all bloggers to add their recipes. I think its Anyway i find most recipes there I just happen to stumble upon you on pinterest :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.13.2012

      I actually started using Recipage a couple months ago – I LOVE it! If you click on “recipes” in the main header, you can see it!

  9. Lauren 01.13.2012

    This looks amazing! Adore quinoa in my salads.

  10. kellyo 01.13.2012

    LOVE quinoa! I’ll be making this with chicken as my husband is allergic to seafood. Thanks for nother great recipie.

  11. Yum!! This looks great – definitely pinning it :-) I watched the news segment. You’re so cute! And you did a great job – way to go!

  12. Monica 01.15.2012

    Kristin- Love your blog. I’ve been reading for about a year:) I made this tonight and it was fan-friggin-tastic. All of the flavors blend perfectly with each other. So filling, satisfying and not at all heavy! My tough critic boyfriend loved it too. Excellent job.

  13. Rebecca Champlin 01.16.2012

    I made this salad yesterday for my hubby and I. It was AMAZINGLY tasty. I loved the flavor combinations. We marinated the shrimp in a little of the leftover lemon viniagrette. I’m actually eating some of the leftovers for lunch and it’s better after being refrigerated overnight! Thank You for this GREAT salad. (who knew I would like pomegranate?)

  14. Carrie 01.16.2012

    Made this salad last night and divided into individual portions for lunch all this week – very impressed with this salad! I swapped out the corn for edamame because it was in my freezer, plus added a spare red pepper I had around.
    I think this will become a staple for many lunches to come, thanks!

  15. Emily 01.16.2012

    Just found your blog and LOVE it! This looks incredible!!! I had to link it to my blog :)

    Keep up the great work!

  16. Lisa 01.17.2012

    Is there anything you would recommend substituting for the Avocado? Or just leave it out?? (I have a severe allergy to it). It sounds delicious!
    Also, do you have this recipe for just 1 or 2 servings?

  17. Bryony 01.18.2012

    I can’t wait to try this!
    I posted about in on my blog :)

  18. Ami 01.19.2012

    This looks so good! Can’t wait to try it!

  19. Wendy 01.23.2012

    Found this recipe on Pinterest. Can’t wi to make looks so good & seems really healthy…. Thank you!

  20. Carey 01.23.2012

    I made this salad tonight! For the first time, my husband liked something more than I did and I didn’t think he’d like it. While I enjoyed the salad, the combo of the oranges and pomegranate seeds made it a bit too citrusy for me. I bought the seeds from Jewel — they have a best by date of 1.24 which is tomorrow yet they tasted as if they weren’t too fresh. I think next time I’ll just bite the bullet and buy them from TJ’s instead and not put as much as I did this time. I am excited to see how the “leftovers” taste.

    • Carey 01.24.2012

      As said earlier, having this for leftovers made a huge difference! It wasn’t so citrusy this time =)

  21. Kelsey 01.25.2012

    I made this recipe tonight, and it was AMAZING! Loved it. I also added a chopped up and softened sweet potato (just because I love them so) and served the whole thing on a bed of spinach and topped with the shrimp. I will definitely make this again and can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

    I just found your blog and have become a huge fan! I grew up in Seattle, and then up and down the West Coast but now live in Iowa City for school. Enjoying the midwest and your blog!

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  24. Mambo 01.25.2012

    WOW. This was amazing, Kristin, thank you SO MUCH for sharing this recipe. I blogged about the process in pictures here: But really, my boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the superfood salad. I’m totally looking forward to more of your recipes!! THANKS THANKS THANKS!

  25. Melissa 01.26.2012

    Saw this on Pinterest and made it last night with a few adjustments… YUM. Good work! Can’t wait to have it again for lunch. And, can’t believe you are from Iowa, my husb is from Iowa and we can barely find a salad there, much less a SUPERFOODS salad!

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  30. Nhu Huynh 02.04.2012

    Hi Iowa Girl,
    Is there anything you would suggest to replace the pomegranate with? I think they’re out of season so my local grocery store doesn’t have them often!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.04.2012

      They actually are in season right now but you could use dried cherries or cranberries, or leave them out!

      • My local store didn’t have pomegranate either, so I cut strawberries in small pieces, and it tastes terrific!

        Just wish I had shrimp to add on top! Thanks!

  31. Carolyn 02.04.2012

    Im actually going to make this for the Super Bowl tommorow. im excited and can’t wait. I also looked for pomergantets tonight but the local store didnt carry them. This just mean i need to make it again.

  32. Vanessa 02.06.2012

    Just made this tonight – what a wonderful salad! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Anne 02.08.2012

    Awesome salad! We used mandarin oranges just to be easy. They probably made it a little too sweet, so I’d either use regular oranges or back off of the sugar in the dressing. Really great dish!

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  36. Elaine 02.10.2012

    Thank you for this recipe. Looks great. I can’t wait to try it!

  37. Whoberry 02.14.2012

    Made this for dinner after seeing the recipe on Pintrest and it was DELISH! Thanks for sharing.

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    Wow, I tried this tonight and it was amazing. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.

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    Holy moly! This was delicious! Both my fiancee and I were fans! So glad I found your website…thanks pinterest!!!

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  47. Lauren 03.13.2012

    Just made this for my boyfriend and he was totally impressed!! I added seared ahi and grilled shrimp, absolutly delicious!! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  48. Samantha 03.17.2012

    For years my sister has brought a salad similar to this to potlucks and barbeques. It was always a hit. But none of us ever considered using quinoa instead of rice. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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    Made this last night and it’s ridiculously good! I’ll have it for lunch the rest of the week topped with blackened chicken. :)

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