Herby Quinoa Salad with Mushrooms

A herby quinoa salad topped with cooked mushrooms and cashew nuts.

Herby Quinoa Salad with Mushrooms on a white plate


This is my lunch today.

I was going to make this with couscous, but goodness knows what I have done with it and I am quite glad I couldn't find it now, as the nuttiness of the quinoa really well in this salad.

This recipe is simplicity itself, just adjust the quantities and additional ingredients to suit yourself.


I lightly cooked some frozen peas and added these to some little tubs of the salad for my wee boy,  but you could add anything you liked really. 

My toddler loves couscous, so I am hoping he will enjoy this dish. 

I was careful not too put too much garlic in.

Herby Quinoa Salad with Mushrooms in little plastic tubs topped with peas for a toddler

Herby Quinoa Salad with Mushrooms



150g quinoa
300g/1½ cups boiling water


2 good handfuls of mixed fresh herbs (I used basil, parsley, chives and a little mint)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ clove garlic
freshly ground black pepper


½ tbsp olive oil
2 large flat mushrooms, chopped
freshly ground black pepper


a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
a sprinkling of roasted and salted cashew nuts


  1. Rinse the quinoa well, then add to a pot with the boiling water. Bring back to the boil and then simmer until all the water has evaporated and the quinoa is cooked. The quinoa should be nutty, but a little soft. Add more water if you think it needs it. Set aside.
  2. Rinse your herbs and whizz in a food processor with the garlic, olive oil and freshly ground black pepper. I have a mini food processor that is just wonderful for jobs like this.
  3. Saute the chopped mushrooms in a little olive oil until the mushrooms are soft, then season with black pepper.
  4. Mix the herby oil and the mushrooms through the quinoa, reserving some mushrooms to finish the dish.
  5. When serving, top the quinoa with a few mushroom pieces, a handful of nuts and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  6. This salad is lovely served warm rather than hot, but good cold too.

1 adult serving and 3 toddler servings
2 adult servings and 1 toddler servings
5 toddler servings


  1. I just love this! Mushrooms and quinoa. Oh my. I still hope I can meet the deadline this month.

  2. I've never eaten quinoa and feel I'm missing out. This looks so healthy!


  3. I've just converted my husband to quinoa, sohave no doubt that this would be a hit with him as he likes his mushrooms too.

  4. This looks a little like risotto and so now I'm wondering whether to try it in a risotto. Of course, it looks great as it is too. It's just got my imagination going!

  5. This looks like such an easy lovely supper... will try it out soon. Quinoa is also supposed to be full of protein too.

    I will probably email you my entry for NCR in the next couple days... talk about leaving everything to the last minute :-)

  6. I have only fairly recently discovered quinoa, I know I am behind the times, but this recipe does sound good!

  7. Great green colour - I love the idea of adding peas for extra green!

  8. This looks so healthy and fresh! I love the idea of quiona and veggies.

  9. I was really surprised the first time I made a quinoa salad. I didn't think I'd like it, but I did! This one looks marvelous and it's so good for you!

  10. This looks beautiful and delicious. I can't wait to start cooking more with herbs and spring progresses!

  11. What a lovely, simple salad! I do miss mushrooms in my diet (sniff, boo hoo). I'll just have to enjoy them vicariously through you! Still trying to get something together to join in on NCR. . . hopefully this month! :)

  12. Thought you might like this one Lisa :)

    It's a really tasty grain Maria, lovely and nutty.

    Actually Graham likes this and doesn't like couscous, so that is a plus for me Mangocheeks :)

    Hi Corina, you could try it as a risotto. It wouldn't go as creamy as rice, but would absorb the flavours of stock and wine nicely :)

    I look forward to your entry Michelle :)

    It is so tasty Val with all the lovely herbs and of course you know I am a sucker for mushrooms, so they finish it off perfectly :)

    Cooper is still a little unsure Johanna, but still eating it. He has it with him for lunch today actually.

    It's a great combination Brittany :)

    Yep, all of those Priya :)

    The fact that it is so good for you is just an added bonus in my opinion Barbara :)

    Yes, the weather definitely influences our cooking Cassie :)

    Goodness Ricki, I don't know how you do it. I would be miserable without mushrooms.

  13. Quinoa is such a beautiful thing. I like what you coupled it with.


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