Red Quinoa Salad with Golden Beets & Pistachios

Bright golden beets contrast with the red quinoa for a colorful salad full of texture and flavor. Chopped pistachios add crunch while feta brings saltiness to this stunning salad.

Red Quinoa Salad with Golden Beets & Pistachios
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 pound golden beets, peeled and cubed (1/2-inch)

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 ⅔ cups water

  • 1 cup red quinoa

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 cup packed baby arugula

  • cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Toss beets, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Spread in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until tender, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add quinoa, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

  4. Whisk the remaining 3 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the quinoa, beets, arugula, pistachios and onion; toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
16g Fat
30g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about ¾ cup
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 154IU 3%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Potassium 517mg 11%

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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