Pineapple Quinoa Salad


The second recipe of our PEPPERS & PLAID series (remember our first, Quinoa Stuffed Peppers?!) will wow your guests with its beautiful presentation! It may also spice up the evening with a little hot chili pepper dressing . . . Regardless, this pineapple quinoa salad will be a crowd-pleaser!  It is super easy to make, healthy and flavorful.  I use it as an appetizer for guests or a quick lunch with the ladies!

Pineapple Quinoa Salad (makes 4-6)


  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 small hot chili pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup hemp seed


  1. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar and oil. Season with salt. Add chili and onion and toss. Let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Arrange pineapple on a platter. Top with cashews, sprouted quinoa, hemp seed and mint. Drizzle with chili-onion mixture

Recipe inspiration from Whole Living