Crock Pot Quinoa Salad

Quinoa (pronounced “Keen-wah”) is a new food to our house. It has become very trendy over the past couple years and for good reason. It’s a superfood. High in protein, iron and fiber and it’s gluten free. It looks like a grain but it is actually a seed from a plant. It was time to try it out for ourselves. I actually bought a quinoa salad from Costco over the weekend, but I wasn’t crazy about how crunchy it was. I thought that if I put the quinoa in the crock pot, it would turn out light and fluffy, and I was right! Here is my version of this quinoa salad.

– 1 1/2 cups of pre-washed quinoa. You can buy pre-washed quinoa in a box at Safeway and Trader Joes or check your local grocery store.
– 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable)
– 1 Tablespoon olive oil
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/4 cup chopped almonds
– large handful of baby spinach leaves
– 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved or quartered)
– 1/2 block of feta cheese, crumbled
1. Pour quinoa in crock pot. Add olive oil and stir around.
2. Add chicken broth, salt, cinnamon, and almonds and stir around.
3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-4 hours. (I cooked mine on high for almost 3 hours).
When its done, fluff with fork.
4. Add crumbled feta and baby spinach leaves (you can leave the spinach whole or break them up as I did).
5. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes so leaves become wilted.
6. Transfer to a bowl, add your tomatoes and Serve!



  1. says

    It would have dawned on me to put Quinoa in the crockpot! My family loves it and that would sure make it easy! Thanks for sharing!

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