Side view of beets quinoa salad in blue bowl on white plate, with herbs and oranges in background.

Quinoa Beets Salad with Orange & Capers

This vibrant, zesty quinoa beets salad with orange and capers is a healthy and delicious light meal idea that's also suitable for gluten free and vegan diets.
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine International
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 222kcal
Author Monika Dabrowski


  • 1-1.5 cup cooked quinoa Use approx. 1 cup raw, See Notes below
  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 large orange peeled, see Instructions
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro/coriander leaves and stems, finely chopped
  • Fine sea salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing

  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp orange juice fresh is best
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely grated


  • Cook the quinoa according to package instructions and set aside to cool completely. Boil the beets until tender (see Notes), strain and leave to cool completely. Peel and cube the beets.
  • Make the dressing by combining all the ingredient. Set aside.
  • Cut the ends off the orange, stand it on one end and slice the skin off downwards all the way around (make sure you also remove the thin, white skin around the fruit). Chop the orange into chunks.
  • Combine all the salad ingredients, stir, drizzle with the dressing, season to taste and enjoy!


  • Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.  Once cooled, either make the salad or refrigerate to use later.
  • Boil the beets, covered, for approx. 30 minutes or until tender (check with a fork).  You can cook them ahead and once cooled, refrigerate for up to 3 days.  Peel and chop when you are ready to make the salad.
  • If possible chill the salad for 30 minutes before serving.  It will stay fresh, covered, in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • Not suitable for freezing.
  • Total Time includes preparation, cooking and cooling time.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg