A large serving of quinoa salad with goat cheese, and a big drizzle of balsamic dressing, in a white bowl with a fork.

Simple Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese

Simple Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese has all of my favorite things, including greens, quinoa, garbanzo beans, a handful of goat cheese, and some pine nuts. Let's not forget about the creamy balsamic dressing as well. I'm obsessed!

Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword quinoa salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 432 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


For the salad:

  • 2 cups quinoa - rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce - chopped
  • 1 cup English cucumber - sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion - sliced
  • 15 oz. garbanzo beans - rinsed and drained
  • 4 oz. goat cheese - crumbled
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts - toasted

For the Balsamic Dressing:

  • 5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste


  1. Heat chicken broth to a boil, watching it closely because it boils over easily. Add rinsed quinoa to pan, and reduce heat to simmer, partially covered with lid. When the broth is fully absorbed, remove pan, and fluff quinoa with a fork. Remove quinoa to a bowl, and refrigerate to cool completely.

  2. Toast pine nuts until fragrant and browned. Transfer nuts to a paper towel to cool.

  3. Prepare dressing by combining the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Shake vigorously until well combined. Set aside.

  4. Line a large serving bowl with lettuce leaves. Arrange chopped romaine, sliced cucumber, red onion, garbanzo beans, goat cheese, and toasted pine nuts. When quinoa is cooled off, add it to the salad as well.

  5. Add dressing to salad before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  1. Using two cups of raw quinoa ends up to be about 4-5 cups after cooking. With the addition of all the veggies, this salad makes a huge bowl. It lasts several days in the refrigerator, but you could easily cut the recipe in half.
  2. When toasting pine nuts, wait until they are just fragrant and browned. Then remove them from the stove.
  3. You can buy large bags of quinoa on Amazon at a pretty good price. Link is on the blog.
  4. Drizzle the dressing on the salad as needed.
  5. Leftovers are great for up to four days.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 651mg19%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 3245IU65%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.