Quinoa-Herb Tomato & Balsamic Salad

In this easy tomato salad recipe, we add a healthy kick of protein and fiber in the form of quinoa. This whole grain helps make this veggie-packed salad more satisfying, which makes it the perfect thing to pack up for lunch or serve as a dinner side. This delicious salad takes just 10 minutes to make and while you could eat it right away, it tastes even better the longer it sits, so plan to leave at least an hour of marinating time before serving.

quinoa herb tomato salad
Photo: Andrea Mathis, M.A., R.D.N., L.D.
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 cups grape tomatoes (about 19 ounces), halved

  • ½ cup thinly sliced white onion

  • cup chopped fresh basil or parsley, plus more for serving

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa


  1. Whisk vinegar, 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add tomatoes, onion and basil (or parsley); stir to combine. Refrigerate, stirring once or twice, for at least 1 hour. Before serving, add quinoa, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and more fresh herbs, if desired. Toss to coat.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
12g Fat
30g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 1433IU 29%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Potassium 564mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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