More quinoa: Weight Watchers Quinoa Salad

The Farmers Market CookbookChef Richard Ruben of the Institute of Culinary Education and author of The Farmer's Market Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Using the Freshest Ingredients developed and this recipe specifically for Weight Watchers as a way to incorporate gourmet food into a healthy lifestyle. 

Weight Watchers Quinoa Salad

Makes 6 servings


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 celery stalks - minced
  • 1 cucumber – peeled, seeds removed and minced
  • 6 to 8 radishes - chopped
  • 5 scallions – roots trimmed and minced
  • 2 oranges peeled and cut into segments
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts - toasted
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Over a medium flame heat a one-quart saucepan, and add the quinoa.
  2. Toast the quinoa for a few minutes and then pour over 1-1/2 cups water.
  3. Cover with a tight fitting lid and lower the heat to a medium low. Cook the quinoa for 15 minutes.
  4. Shut off the heat and allow the quinoa sit for 10 minutes.
  5. In a clean bowl toss all the ingredients together to thoroughly combine.
  6. Correct seasoning and serve.

Nutritional information

  • Calories 225
  • Calories from Fat 93
  • Total Fat 10.3g
  • Saturated Fat 1.1g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 11mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 29.3g
  • Dietary Fiber 4.5g
  • Sugars 7.3g
  • Protein 6.1g
  • Vitamin A 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C 64% RDA
  • Calcium 6% RDA
  • Iron 12%

Nutrition Grade A- from Calorie Count

Weight Watchers POINTS = 5 (to lower to 3 POINTS eliminate the pine nuts)

5 thoughts on “More quinoa: Weight Watchers Quinoa Salad

  1. Kristin Rimkus

    I’m a big fan of quinoa. It’s such a nutritional powerhouse, and you can do almost anything with it, just as you would rice. I have quite a collection of quinoa recipes. I’ll be adding this one to the list.


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