Quinoa Salad

By September 7, 2012

Quinoa Salad Submitted by Teresa B.G.

I love cooking grains and beans in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker as they come out so quick and so great.  Here is a very fresh salad that I make quite often and everyone just loves, especially with the fresh ingredients from the gardens.  It is so very good for you and so refreshing.


Ingredients and method:  serves 4 – 6 people

  • ½ cup white quinoa – rinsed for 30 seconds in cold water (using strainer)
  • 1 cup water

Place rinsed quinoa and water in pressure cooker pot, set manually for two minutes.  When ready release pressure manually, remove from pot, fluff up and set aside.

If I want to make a larger salad I use 1 cup of quinoa with 1 1/4 cups of water

  • ½ cup black beans
  • 3 cups water

If you think about it, you can soak your beans in the morning before you use them, but truly, I never do.

Place beans and water into pressure cooker pot and pressure cook for 20 minutes….let pressure release naturally.  Drain and set aside.

In the meantime, place in your salad bowl:

(The amounts of the following ingredients can be as much or little as you like.)

Small tomatoes cut in half, or use regular tomatoes cut into bite sized pieces – about 1 cup

  • 4 of the mini cucumbers sliced or diced
  • 1 hot pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced – optional or use red pepper Feta cheese – cubed, as much or little as you like Purple onion – ¼ diced or use a couple of green onions cut up
  • 1 can of cooked corn

Add the cooked quinoa and the beans


I process all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender/food processor until it looks creamy.  Or you can whisk the oil, juice and cumin and just cut up the parsley, mint and basil and add to the salad.

  • Equal amounts of oil and lemon or lime juice – ½ cup oil, ½ cup lemon juice – adjust the oil and juice as you like.  Some like more oil and less of the juice.
  • Teaspoon of cumin
  • Parsley – I like lots – 4-5 sprigs
  • Mint – a few leaves so not overpowering taste Basil (optional) Salt and pepper


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7 Responses to “Quinoa Salad”

  1. Steve says:

    Same situation. Watery after 2. I put it back on for 1 more minute, came out perfect


  2. Karen says:

    I made quinoa as instructed in the first part of this recipe. The quinoa was NOT cooked long enough. It was very watery when I removed the lid. Cooked it for 2 more minutes with High pressure with manual release and it was slightly over done :(


    Jennifer Reply:

    The quinoa needs less water then what is requested. I made some last night and used 2 1/4 cup water to 2 cup quinoa, came out perfect! I read on another feed that if you make 1 cup quinoa use 1 1/4 water. I used the rice setting and it came out amazing!


  3. Karen says:

    What level of pressure was used on this manual setting?


    Donna Reply:

    The Instant Pot defaults to “high” pressure, so if nothing is specified, no need to change it.


    Karen Reply:

    I used High pressure but 2 minutes was not long enough :(


    Donna Reply:

    You can always cook longer, but not shorter. 😉

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