Turkey-Quinoa Salad


Beat the boredom of your everyday lunch with this totable grain salad that features Gouda cheese and dried fruit.

Turkey-Quinoa Salad
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
37 mins
4 cups


  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup red quinoa

  • 1 ½ cup baby kale, baby spinach, and/or mixed baby greens

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped

  • ½ cup chopped cooked turkey or chicken breast

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced, or 1/2 cup chopped fennel bulb

  • ¼ cup halved and very thinly sliced red onion

  • 1 ounce Gouda cheese, chopped (1/4 cup)

  • 2 tablespoon snipped dried apricots and/or cranberries

  • 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

  • ¼ cup bottled fat-free salad dressing


  1. In a small saucepan combine broth and quinoa. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain any excess broth. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl; fluff with a fork.

  2. Add kale, apple, turkey, celery, onion, cheese, apricots, and walnuts; toss to combine. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve; toss before serving.

Dressing choices

Choose your favorite fat-free salad dressing. Delicate quinoa is best with a vinaigrette-style, or clear, dressing. Fat Free Champagne, raspberry, balsamic or Italian-style vinaigrette would all be great with this salad.

Salad Toting

Place salad in a bowl with a tight-fitting lid. Always pack your lunch in a cooler or insulated container, if possible. Keep food cold by including freezer packs, a sealed bag with ice, or a frozen beverage. Once you arrive at your destination, store food in a cool place. If possible, keep it in a refrigerator. If there is no refrigerator available, store the lunch out of the sun and away from heat like a heating vent or in a hot car.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

364 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 364
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 613mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 66.7mg 334%
Calcium 207mg 16%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 659mg 14%
Folate, total 43.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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