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Copycat Whole Foods California quinoa salad

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

A healthy fresh dish

Perfect for lunch or a light dinner, this salad is bursting with quinoa, mango, bell peppers and lots of other ingredients. Learn how easy it is to make this salad right in your own kitchen.

A healthy fresh dish

I absolutely love shopping at Whole Foods and really enjoy grabbing a container of this salad during my shopping trip, but prepared lunches can get a little pricey. I recreated this dish at home and not only is it simple, it's a big money saver. It's easy to prepare and is loaded with different textures and flavors. Fresh mangoes, crunchy almonds and crisp vegetables keep this salad fresh and healthy. Customize this recipe by adding or subtracting ingredients as desired.

Copycat Whole Foods California quinoa salad recipe

Serves 6


For the salad

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 large fresh mangoes, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 small handful cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups shelled edamame
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

For the dressing

  • 2-3 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons agave or honey (depending on desired taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa and all of the remaining ingredients for the salad, mixing well.
  2. In a small bowl, add the fresh lime juice, balsamic, agave and season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss very well. Serve immediately or keep chilled until ready to enjoy.

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