Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Simple and Satisfying, this Quinoa & Arugula Salad is full of fresh wholesome ingredients. The Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette takes it to the next level!
This post is sponsored by Cascadian Farm & The Feedfeed

This Quinoa & Arugula Salad is so dang delicious! Simple and satisfying, it’s full of zesty Arugula, protein-packed Quinoa, and plenty of crunchy fruits and veggies. I’d eat it on it’s own as a main, but it’s a great side salad to share with others as well.

ingredients for Quinoa and Arugula Salad on black striped linen

Not only is the salad itself packed with fresh and tasty produce, we’re also going to make a simple Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette using only 5 ingredients! 

All you’ll need is some Blueberries, Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic, Basil, and Non-Dairy Milk – that’s it! I opted to use the Cascadian Farm Premium Organic Frozen Blueberries for this recipe for multiple reasons. First, fresh Blueberries aren’t available year round, so it’s great to have a frozen option. Additionally, frozen fruit is often better than fresh, as it’s preserved at its peak ripeness!

ingredients for blueberry balsamic vinaigrette on wood cutting board

I’m also excited to share that I’ll be going on a trip to Cascadian Farm with the Feedfeed later next month! As a new transplant to the Pacific Northwest, I learn more about my local agriculture, as well as learn more about Cascadian Farm themselves. Did you know they’re recognized as a leader in helping conventional farms switch to organic? I’ll be sharing more about my trip in a future blog post, so stay tuned for that!

side shot of quinoa & arugula salad on white plateThis Quinoa & Arugula Salad is made from fun, fresh, and simple ingredients, but still delivers big flavor and taste. It’s easy to prep and assemble, which makes it a perfect dinner side or recipe to bring to a potluck.

If you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂

quinoa & arugula salad on white plate and wooden cutting board

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • If you have a Nut Allergy, feel free to substitute the Walnuts for equal parts Pumpkin Seeds or Sunflower Seeds.
  • This recipe can be made ahead of time for Meal Prep – just keep the Dressing separate from the remainder of the Salad ingredients, and toss right before serving!
  • If you’re looking for more Vegan Salad recipes, you’ll also love this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad and this Tangy Beet Salad with Avocado Dijon Dressing!

quinoa and arugula salad on white plate with walnuts


Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Simple and Satisfying, this Quinoa & Arugula Salad is full of fresh wholesome ingredients. The Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette takes it to the next level!

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American



For the Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:

For the Quinoa & Arugula Salad:

  • ½ cup dry Quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 5 oz Arugula
  • 1 Gala Apple, diced
  • 1 medium English Cucumber, sliced
  • 1 Shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Fresh Basil, finely sliced
  • ½ cup Walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Black Pepper, to taste


  1. First, prepare the Blueberry Balsamic Dressing. Add all ingredients to a blender and process for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth.
  2. Pour around half of the Salad Dressing into the bottom of a large bowl, then add all of the Salad ingredients. Gently mix until all ingredients are well-incorporated and evenly coated in the dressing.
  3. Divide the Salad equally onto serving plates, then top with additional Vinaigrette and Black Pepper.


  • Walnuts may be substituted for Pumpkin Seeds of Sunflower Seeds, if you have a nut allergy.
  • Arugula may be substituted for another tender leafy green

Keywords: summer salad, quinoa salad, arugula salad, blueberry vinaigrette, blueberry dressing

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