Carrot Salad with Quinoa, Almonds and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette – a simple delicious vegan salad that can be made ahead- perfect for midweek lunches and gatherings. 

Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette- a delicious vegan salad that can be made ahead. #vegan #quinoa #quinoasalad #carrotsalad #vegansalad The world around us is nothing more and nothing less than a mirror of what we have become from within. ~ Gregg Braden

Happy Weekend! Here’s a simple Carrot Quinoa Salad with toasted almonds, celery, cilantro, and scallions, all tossed in a tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette. It’s vegan, filling and satisfying…while not lacking in flavor.

But what I love most about this salad is its great crunchy texture. Even after a few days in the fridge, it retains its delicious crunch- making it an ideal candidate for making ahead. Whether you are bringing something healthy to a gathering and want to make it ahead, or doing your weekly meal prep, this one is an easy winner.

Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette- a delicious vegan salad that can be made ahead. #vegan #quinoa #quinoasalad #carrotsalad #vegansalad

I made this Carrot Quinoa Salad on Monday, and just ate the last bit of it for lunch today -Friday. For some reason, I haven’t tired of it, but rather looked forward to it all week long.

Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette- a delicious vegan salad that can be made ahead. #vegan #quinoa #quinoasalad #carrotsalad #vegansalad

Top it with micro-sprouts before serving and free to add avocado or chickpeas for extra heartiness.

Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette- a delicious vegan salad that can be made ahead. #vegan #quinoa #quinoasalad #carrotsalad #vegansalad

A super easy spring-inspired salad.

Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette- a delicious vegan salad that can be made ahead. #vegan #quinoa #quinoasalad #carrotsalad #vegansalad

Enjoy this Carrot Quinoa Salad and let me know what you think in the comments below. Have a happy healthy weekend!

Related: Vegan Make-Ahead Salads 

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Carrot Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette- a delicious vegan salad that can be made ahead. #vegan #quinoa #quinoasalad #carrotsalad #vegansalad

Quinoa Carrot Almond Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: salad, vegan
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: Northwest

Description

Crunchy nutty Quinoa Salad with Carrots, Almonds, Cilantro and Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette – a simple flavorful vegan salad that can be made ahead- perfect for potlucks, gathering and midweek meals!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked and rinsed well
  • 1 ½ cups water, pinch salt 
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  • 3 cups carrots, grated or matchstick ( about 8 ounces)
  • 12 cups celery, sliced
  • 3 scallions, sliced at a diagonal
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped ( tender stems ok) or sub Italian parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne or aleppo chili flakes ( optional)
  • ½ teaspoon allspice, optional
  • salt, apple cider vinegar and pepper to taste

Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette:


Instructions

Place 1 cup rinsed quinoa in a medium pot with 1 ½ cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, cover, simmer on low heat 12 minutes (or until water is gone). Turn heat off, let stand 5 minutes, then let cool uncovered.

While the quinoa is cooking make the Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk, or in a small jar, sealed with a lid and shaken.

Place carrots, celery, scallions, cilantro, garlic and almonds in a large bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette and the cooled quinoa. Add more salt, pepper and vinegar to taste. Sprinkle in the cayenne and optional allspice.

Toss well and serve or refrigerate until serving.


Notes

Rinsing or soaking quinoa before cooking will help to remove the bitterness!

Salad with keep 3-4 days in the fridge. If making ahead, be sure to taste right before serving and adjust salt and vinegar one more time.

To cool quinoa quickly, place in a strainer and run under cold water. Let it sit in the stainer for a few minutes  so it drains well!

Feel free to add chickpeas, or top avocado right before serving for extra heartiness.

Top with fresh sprouts or micro-greens!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 7.9 g
  • Sodium: 254 mg
  • Fat: 15.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.2 g
  • Protein: 6.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: carrot quinoa salad, quinoa salad with carrots, quinoa almond salad, vegan salad recipes, vegan salads, carrot salad recipe,

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I noticed you made apple cider vinaigrette dressing without the dijon mustard. is there some reason you left it out?

  2. I would like to make this for the whole family but my father has diabetes and this has honey in the dressing… How essential is the honey for the taste of this salad?

    Thank you

    1. It does really balance out the recipe. What if you tried monk fruit syrup?

    1. Lia- I have a confession- I bought matchstick carrots, already cut like this to save time. 🙂

  3. I’m working my way through your lunch recipes, and haven’t met any I don’t care for yet :). My girls want school lunches that don’t have to be warmed up. This is another good, hearty lunch for all of us. Love the flavors! Thank you :).

  4. I love this salad… the vinaigrette really makes it sing! I’m enjoying all of your recipes Sylvia… so very grateful to have found your site. It’s helpful to me as I segue from pescatarian to vegan.

  5. Do you have a good substitute for the olive oil for the dressing? We are trying to stay away from all oils for health reasons. Many thanks!

    1. Hi Heidi, first just try leaving it out? Taste, then perhaps add a little fresh-squeezed orange juice or even water if it seems dry?

  6. This salad is so perfectly balanced, I can’t quite put it into words. Some sweetness from the carrot, some tang in the dressing, grounded by the roasted almonds and all whilst still feeling light. This is definitely going to be one of my new staples! Every recipe I’ve tried so far has been spot on. Thank you Sylvia!

  7. I have never tried this ingredient have lots Pecans. I gathered them. so will try with those. Thank you Joseph

  8. Such a delicious and easy lunch! I didn’t have celery on hand so I subbed sliced purple cabbage. I’ll definitely make this again.