Protein Packed Quinoa Salad

This is one of my favourite weekday packed lunches that I regularly make for work, I love it because it’s really tasty and the quinoa, beans, tofu and seeds means that it’s packed full of plantbased protein and keeps me going for hours.
I usually make a big batch of the basic mix and have that for lunch for a few days – I mix it up by adding different toppings and dressings.
This is one of my ‘cheat’ meals as sometimes I use packs of ready cooked quinoa – (I usually cook quinoa but having packs of pre-cooked in the cupboard is quite handy if your pushed for time).
I have also started to include more firm tofu in my salads as I’ve discovered a really delicious smoked variety. Again this is  really handy to keep in the fridge as it has a long shelf life.
You can’t really go wrong with this one, any of your favourite salad ingredients or leftovers can be added and it still makes a delicious and substantial salad.

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  4 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  5 minutes cook time


  • 1 pack cooked quinoa
  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup radishes chopped
  • 1/2 cup peppers chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 can mixed beans rinsed
  • 1/2 pack firm tofu (I like smoked) chopped into squares
  • 1 cups kale or baby kale
  • Optional tasty extra:
  • Chopped olives
  • Capers
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Seeds
  • Pine nuts
  • Lemon dressing:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Add the quinoa to a large bowl and the add all the chopped veg and tofu.
  2. To cook the kale, sauté in a pan for a couple of minutes with some oil until wilted. No need if your using baby kale- simply stir in.
  3. To make the dressing add all the ingredients to a jam jar and shake to combine.
  4. Add any extras, mix well and then stir in the dressing.
  5. This will make about 4 portions.

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