Recipe: Quinoa Salad w/ the HCC Special Sauce

Easy?  Check?  Fun? Check.  Delicious.  Double check.  This recipe knocks it out of the park every time!  It’s one of our favorites for events, like the one we did last night for one of our favorite activewear brands, Lole, because it really knocks people’s socks off.  We also love it at home when we’re in a rush and need something tasty, energizing and most of all delicious!

Try this recipe, especially the Special Sauce and let us know what you think. We love it as a dressing with grains but how else will you use it?  Salad dressing?  Marinade?   Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Quinoa Salad w/ HCC Special Sauce

Servings: 4
Time: 20 minutes

Super Power Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups arugula or baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apricots, dates…)
  • 2 tablespoons nuts and/or seeds (pumpkin, sesame, hemp, almonds, walnuts, cashews…)
  • 1/2 cup special sauce (see below…)

Special Sauce

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (we recommend a garlic press or microplane)


To prepare the quinoa put the quinoa, water, olive oil, salt and black pepper in a pot and bring to a boil.  Cover, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove pot from heat and allow to sit for 5 additional minutes.

While quinoa is cooking prepare the Special Sauce.  Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.

After the quinoa is done, fluff with a fork and put it in a large bowl with the arugula or spinach.  Throw in nuts and seeds and dress quinoa salad with the Special Sauce.  Adjust sauce, to taste.  This dish is great both hot or cold.

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5 thoughts on “Recipe: Quinoa Salad w/ the HCC Special Sauce

  1. I made this tonight and it was simple and delicious! This will definitely go in the regular rotation! My daughter used the extra ‘special sauce’ to dip sautéed baby bok choy! She had never eaten bok choy before, but she really enjoyed it this way! Thank you ladies, for another winning recipe!

      • Doggone it! I almost boguht some Quinoa last week but decided I had better figure out ( look up ) a recipe to use it in first. This fits the bill nicely. Dr. Oz frequently espouses the goodness of quinoa for stabilization of blood sugar,

  2. Cary’s Mom – I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I love the ptiruce at the top the cups of coffee and tea and the one plate of pancakes with two forks placed on the deck railing. Lovely artistry.The quinoa post is interesting.

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